Organization

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was founded in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
  • providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and
  • advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

Through National Board Certification, the National Board for Professional TeachingStandards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitments reflected in Five Core Propositions.

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.
Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

What We Do

We’re maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Our Five Core Propositions are held in common by teachers of all grade levels and disciplines and underscore the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student learning and achievement. Together, the propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards and serve as the foundation for Board certification.

We’re providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards.

We’re developing, retaining, and recognizing accomplished teachers and to generating ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

We’re advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

We’re working with federal, state and local lawmakers to ensure that great teaching is the norm and that Board certification is the expectation for all teachers. National Board programs similarly engage teachers, administrators, and system leaders to spread the impact of National Board Certified Teachers.