Contractor: The National Research Council
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:
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)
The report was released in 2008 (see http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12224).