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National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

Evaluation Studies of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

An Evaluation of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification

Contractor: The National Research Council

Background/Research Questions

In 2003 Congress mandated that the Institute of Education Sciences contract with the National Research Council to evaluate the impact of Board certification, including an assessment of whether the NBPTS certification model is a cost effective method of improving teacher quality and the extent to which certification makes a difference in student academic achievement.

The following are the research questions:

  • Who enters teacher preparation programs (pre-service, graduate, and alternative)? What is their academic preparation? What is their educational background?
  • What type of instruction and experiences do participants receive in the preparation program? Who delivers it? To what extent is there commonality in content and experiences?
  • To what extent is the required course work and experiences in reading and mathematics across teacher preparation programs consistent with converging scientific evidence?


An independent committee of experts selected by the National Research Council developed a framework for evaluating programs that award advanced-level teacher certification and applied that framework in an evaluation of the NBPTS. The committee relied on a review of existing research to address the study questions.

Cost/Duration: $1,500,000 over 5 years (September 2004–September 2007)

Current Status

The report was released in 2008 (see