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What is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)?

In 1983, public concern about the state of American education was sharply heightened by the issuance of a federal report titled A Nation at Risk. The report provoked a wave of reform initiatives that engulfed the education community. Most of these programs, however, left out a critical element of the education equation: the classroom teacher. Three years after A Nation at Risk, the Carnegie Task Force on Teaching as a Profession issued a pivotal report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century. Its leading recommendation called for the establishment of a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The following year, this unique institution in the history of American education was born.

What is the mission of the NBPTS?

The mission of the NBPTS is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; to develop and operate a national, voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards; and to advance related education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning in American schools.

What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification, developed by teachers, with teachers, and for teachers, is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. Offered on a voluntary basis, it complements, not replaces, state licensing. While state licensing systems set entry-level standards for beginning teachers, National Board Certification has established advanced standards for experienced teachers. The NBPTS assessments for National Board Certification include having teachers construct a portfolio that represents an analysis of their classroom work and participate in exercises designed to tap the knowledge, skills, disposition and professional judgment that distinguish their practice.

What is the foundation for National Board Certification?

The NBPTS seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitments reflected in the five core propositions.

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

What certifications are available?

The NBPTS offers certifications in many of the content areas taught in today's schools. Although not all areas are covered, the NBPTS frequently adds new certification areas. Currently certifications are available in areas such as Generalist, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies-History, Math, Exceptional Needs Specialist, Music, Library-Media, World Languages Other than English, Art, English as a New Language, Career and Technical Education, Physical Education, and School Counselor. Certification levels include early childhood to young adulthood.

Are there other sources for NBPTS questions and answers?

NBPTS provides answers to questions regarding candidate eligibility, application, portfolio, assessment, scoring, retake procedures, graduate credit, renewal, standards, your NBPTS profile and upcoming conferences here..

What does the State of West Virginia offer to teachers seeking National Board Certification?

West Virginia will reimburse one half of the enrollment fee to each individual who enrolls in the National Board Certification program and one half of the fee to each individual who completes all scorable components as verified by the NBPTS. In addition, each teacher who completes all scorable components may be reimbursed up to $600.00 for expenses incurred while obtaining the certification. This reimbursement program is subject to legislative appropriation and shall be limited to 200 teachers annually as funding allows. To obtain an application for reimbursement go to: .

What does the State of West Virginia offer to National Board Certified Teachers?

Each teacher who achieves National Board Certification shall be paid $3,500 annually for the life of the certification, but in no event more than ten years for any one certification. To request an application for the salary supplement go to:

Is the salary supplement granted automatically?

You must apply for the supplement using the Form 12 application.

Will I receive the salary supplement for the entire school year?

The salary supplement effective date is the same date that your NBPTS board certification is effective; usually during the fall or early winter.

How will I receive the salary supplement?

The salary supplement will be added to your regular pay by your county payroll office.

Do I need to renew the salary supplement every year?

Your salary supplement is effective until your board certification expiration date, as long as you are employed in a classroom in the public schools. The salary supplement, therefore, does not need to be renewed until your NBPTS board certification has expired and been renewed.