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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification
Teacher Training, Evaluation, and Compensation

NBPTS-certified teachers had mixed effects on mathematics achievement and no discernible effects on English language arts achievement for students in grades 3 through 8.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) establishes standards for accomplished teachers and awards professional certification to teachers who can demonstrate that their teaching practices meet those standards. Educators and experts in child development and related fields established the organization, and these experts work to develop and refine the standards for accomplished teaching based on the knowledge and skills that effective teachers demonstrate. The standards reflect five core propositions: (1) effective teachers are committed to students and their learning, (2) effective teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students, (3) effective teachers manage and monitor student learning, (4) effective teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience, and (5) effective teachers are members of learning communities. Those seeking certification from the NBPTS must complete a computer-based assessment and three portfolio entries. The certification process can take 1 to 5 years.

Findings

5
studies that met standards out of
39
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
English language arts achievement No discernible effects 3-8 --
General Mathematics Achievement Mixed effects 3-8 --

Last Updated: February 2018

Race

Asian
8%
Black
4%
Native American
1%
White
63%
Not specified
15%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
16%
Not Hispanic
82%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 49%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

43%

English Learners

English Learners icon
4%


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