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Are you ready for the challenge?

What teachers should know and be able to do 2002
What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do2002

We each remember the great teachers who touched our loves, kindled our interest and pressed us to do our best. We hold powerful images of such teachers. They exhibited a deep caring and love for children. They conveyed a passion for the subjects they taught, captivating their students with that passion. They approached their work with creativity and imagination, striving constantly to improve. As committed professionals, they were proud to be teachers.

Nbpts overview

Created in 1987 in response to “A Nation At Risk” and “A Nation Prepared”

An independent, non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization

Receives funding support from foundations, corporations and the U.S. Department of Education

NBPTS: Overview


To advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what 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®

Nbpts teacher driven
NBPTS: Teacher- driven

Practicing classroom teachers are involved in every aspect of our mission, including:

  • Serving on the NBPTS Board of Directors and staff

  • Developing standards and assessments

  • Scoring candidate performances

  • Promoting National Board Certificationandproviding candidate support

  • Advocating for education reform policy

The five core propositions
The 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.

A standards based performance assessment
A Standards-based Performance Assessment

  • Standards are based on the NBPTS policy statement, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, and the Five Core Propositions

  • Standards are written by practicing classroom teachers, developmental experts and educational leaders in each respective disciplinary field, from across the country

  • Standards are widely disseminated for public review, approved by the NBPTS Board of Directors and made available online at no charge

National board certification1
National Board Certification

  • Candidates demonstrate in-depth content knowledge and teaching practices that are measured against high and rigorous standards

  • All candidates have up to three years to achieve certification

  • Certification is offered in 24 different certificate areas across 7 developmental age groups, covering more than 95% of preK-12 education.

Current certificate fields


Early childhood

Middle childhood

Early adolescence

Young adulthood



Career and Technical Education

English as a New Language

English Language Arts

Exceptional Needs


Health Education

Library Media

Literacy:Reading-Language Arts



Physical Education

School Counseling


Social Studies-History

World Languages Other than English

Current Certificate Fields

*Ages can be grouped together and are dictated by the content field.

Eligibility prerequisites
Eligibility Prerequisites

Applicants must have:

  • At least 3 years’ experience as a preK-12 classroom teacher or school counselor in a public or private school

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • A valid, unencumbered teaching license, or a license to practice as a school counselor, if applying for the School Counseling certificate

What applicants submit
What Applicants Submit

Preparation and submission of a portfolio requires the candidate to:

  • Describe, analyze and reflect on:

    • student work

    • professional practice

    • classroom interactions

  • Videotape their own classroom activities

  • Present student work demonstrating growth over time

  • Document accomplishments with students’ families and local/professional communities

Assessment center exercises
Assessment Center Exercises

  • Respond to 6 computer-delivered prompts, each allowing up to 30 minutes for the candidate’s typed response

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of content knowledge associated with the certificate field

Candidates must also complete a half-day appointment at a computer testing center, requiring that a candidate:

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  • Early Childhood Generalist Assessment Exercise Prompt (retired)

  • Mathematics

  • Introduction

  • In this exercise, you will use your knowledge of mathematical concepts and processes to apply these concepts to real-world applications. You will be asked to respond to 4 prompts.

  • Criteria for scoring

  • To satisfy the highest level of the scoring rubric you must provide clear, consistent, convincing evidence of the following:

  • A deep understanding of mathematical concepts and processes

  • An accurate identification of the student’s misconception/difficulty

  • A well-developed instructional strategy or learning experience that is clearly linked to real-world applications and appropriately addresses the child’s needs

  • Developmentally appropriate choice of materials to teach the mathematical concept and a rationale for your choice of these materials.

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Early Childhood Generalist Assessment Exercise Prompt – Example

“A kindergarten child is having difficulty with a math concept”

Students were asked to mark an X on each triangle.


  • Identify the student misconception/difficulty on this student work sample.

  • What fundamental concepts are prerequisite for students at this grade level in order to learn these skills?

  • Based on real-world application, state your goal for a learning experience to help this student. Plan a learning experience based on this goal that would further student understanding of this mathematical concept .

  • What materials would you use to teach this concept to this child. What is your rationale for your choice of materials?

National board certification2
National Board Certification Example

Who has it?

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WA Example




















MA 429







RI 337



CT 132







NJ 173









DE 430







MD 666









DC 47

KY 1606

NC 14212

TN 338



























National Board Certified Teachers - 2008 73,481

Guam – 1

Virgin Islands – 1

Armed Forces – 11

Foreign Addresses - 79

National nbpts support
National NBPTS Support Example

  • Wisconsin - $2500/yr + $2500 if in a SIFI School

  • Hawaii - $5,000 annual stipend + $5,000 if in SIFI School

  • Washington - $5,000 bonus + $5,000/year

  • California - $20,000 bonus @ $5,000/year if in SIFI School

  • New Mexico - $5,166 annual stipend (variable rate)

  • Idaho - $10,000 bonus @ $2,000/year

  • Oklahoma - $5,000 annual stipend

  • Louisiana - $5,000 annual stipend

  • Mississippi - $6,000 annual stipend

  • Wyoming - $4,000 salary increase

  • Alabama - $5,000 annual stipend +$5,000 1st year

  • Florida - 10% salary increase + 10% for mentoring

  • South Carolina - $7,500 annual stipend

  • North Carolina – 12% salary raise

  • Virginia - $5,000 bonus + $2,500 annual stipend

  • New York - $10,000 bonus/3 years

  • Delaware – 12% salary raise

License portability as of 5 1 08
License Portability ExampleAs of 5/1/08

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • District of Columbia

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa










New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota




Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota





West Virginia


589 wisconsin nbct s 1994 2008
589 Wisconsin NBCT’s Example1994-2008

Number of NBCT’S


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Wisconsin NBCTs by Certificate Area - 2008 Example

Number of NBCT’s

Wisconsin nbpts support rewards
Wisconsin NBPTS Support/Rewards Example

Currently, 103 public school districts support or reward teachers pursuing NBC

Top Wisconsin Districts

  • Manitowoc: 10% pay increase/10 years (Could be $6500 per year!)

  • Rubicon: $4,000 yearly stipend

  • Greendale: $3,000 yearly stipend

  • Howard’s Grove: $2,500 yearly stipend/10 years

  • Green Bay: $2,500 annual stipend/10 years

  • Menomonee Falls: $2,000 yearly stipend

  • Sun Prairie: $2,000 yearly stipend

  • Ashwaubenon: School Board recognition with engraved leather portfolio, 1 professional day and $2,000 yearly stipend/10 years

  • Marathon: $1,500 one-time award with paid substitutes to work on portfolio

  • Madison: $1,500 yearly stipend

  • Wisconsin Dells: $1,500 yearly stipend

  • Little Chute: $1,000 annual stipend and professional work release

  • Mosinee: $2,000 one-time bonus

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Monthly candidate support workshops are held in these areas of Wisconsin:

WEAC Sponsored Candidate-Centered Support Workshops

Check the WNBN websites for dates, times and locations of workshops 1) http://wnbn.groupsite.com

2) http://www.weac.org/professional_resources/ certification/index.aspx

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Dare To Think of Wisconsin:Writing Retreats

Wisconsin is proud to offer 2 week-end retreats in early 2009 to provide valuable candidate support.

  • Dare to Think 1

    • January 23-25, 2009, Country Springs Inn, Waukesha

    • Contact Jo Christianson – christiansonj@jefferson.k12.wi.us

  • Dare to Think 2

    • February 27-March 1, 2009, Milwaukee

    • Contact Wendy Sondrol -sondrwe@mukwonago.k12.wi.us

National board certification3
National Board Certification of Wisconsin:

Why do it?

Why support it?

Benefits for teachers
Benefits for Teachers of Wisconsin:

  • National Board Certification:

  • Advances student learning, as shown by independent research studies

  • Offers an opportunity for professional growth

  • Recognizes and rewards accomplished teaching

  • Elevates teaching as a profession

  • Promotes teaching as a lifelong career

  • Empowers teachers to participate in education reform efforts

Benefits for superintendents school administrators and principals
Benefits for Superintendents, of Wisconsin:School Administrators and Principals

  • National Board Certification:

  • Measurably improves student learning

  • Enhances and builds a community of learners within schools

  • Satisfies (in many states) the “highly qualified teacher” requirement of No Child Left Behind

  • Elevates teaching in a way that can inspire and excite the school community

  • Positively impacts recruitment and retention

Benefits for parents
Benefits for Parents of Wisconsin:

  • National Board Certification:

  • Places emphasis on student learning

  • Values collaboration with families as an important way to enhance student learning

  • Requires teachers to demonstrate their practice in the classroom

  • Recognizes accomplished teaching in schools

Benefits for policymakers
Benefits for Policymakers of Wisconsin:

  • National Board Certification:

  • Advances student learning, as shown by independent research studies

  • Is a rigorous assessment of pedagogy and content knowledge

  • Is a sound investment of public funds

  • In many states, helps to satisfy the “highly qualified teacher” requirement of No Child Left Behind

Benefits for business leaders
Benefits for Business Leaders of Wisconsin:

  • National Board Certification:

  • Is a successful school reform strategy grounded in research

  • Contributes to the advancement of workforce development

  • Is an investment in the community

Worth Magazine identified NBPTS as among America’s top 100 nonprofit organizations.

Involvement of higher education
Involvement of Higher Education of Wisconsin:

Over 1/3 of all schools of education in the United States have aligned their standards with those of NBPTS. In addition, many of these institutions:

  • Incorporate NBPTS standards in their pre-service and graduate program curricula

  • Offer NBPTS candidate support programs and/or courses

  • Conduct research

  • Invite NBCTs as adjunct professors

Teacher quality continuum
Teacher Quality Continuum of Wisconsin:







Initial Licensing








5 year


Taken from:

National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF)What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future

Approved for graduate credit
Approved for Graduate Credit of Wisconsin:

The American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for higher education in the United States. Based on an independent review of the certification process, ACE approved the following:

  • Teachers who achieve National Board Certification are eligible to receive a transcript for 6 graduate credit hours in education

  • Teachers who receive a total weighted scaled score, but who do not achieve certification, are eligible to receive a transcript for 3 graduate credit hours in education

National board certification4
National Board Certification of Wisconsin:

Does it make a difference?

Nbpts grounded in research
NBPTS: Grounded in Research of Wisconsin:

  • Assures the technical measurement quality of the assessments

  • Demonstrates the impact of National Board Certification

  • Collects and disseminates data and information to stakeholders and the public

NBPTS has long supported an independent research agenda that:

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Research Results of Wisconsin:Student Achievement Gains

  • Students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) experienced year-end testing improvements that averaged 7 to 15 percent more than peers whose teachers did not hold the certification. (University of Washington and the Urban Institute, 2004)

  • Students of NBCTs did a measurably better job than other 9th and 10th graders on year-end math tests in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. All else being equal, teachers who had achieved National Board Certification helped their students achieve greater testing gains than did colleagues without the certification. (The CNA Corporation, 2004)

  • Students of NBCTs outperformed students of non-board certified teachers on the Stanford-9 Achievement Test, with learning gains equivalent on average to spending more than an extra month in school each year. (Arizona State University, 2004)

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Research Results of Wisconsin:Closing the Achievement Gap

  • NBCTs are particularly effective with students who have special needs, and there is some evidence that Black and Hispanic students may also receive extra benefits. (The CNA Corporation, 2004)

  • Students of NBCTs experienced year-end testing improvements that averaged 7 to 15 percent more than peers whose teachers did not hold the certification. This performance differential was most pronounced for younger and lower-income students whose gains were as high as 15 percent. (University of Washington and the Urban Institute, 2004)

  • Intense group support sessions had the greatest positive impact on the NBPTS assessment scores of African-American teacher-candidates and candidates from high-poverty schools.(The Finance Project, 2005)

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Research Results of Wisconsin:High Quality Professional Development

  • Teachers who pursued National Board Certification showed significant improvements in their teaching practices, whether they achieved certification or not. (Lustick/Sykes, 2006)

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ assessment and certification process is an effective method of professional development and is more cost effective than other comparable methods such as advanced degrees. (Cohen C., 2005)

  • NBCTs scored higher on all 13 dimensions of teaching expertise than did teachers who sought but did not achieve National Board Certification. The differences were statistically significant on 11 or the 13 dimensions. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005)

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Research Results of Wisconsin:Highly Qualified Teacher

  • Students of National Board Certified Teachers exhibited deeper learning outcomes more frequently than students of non-certified teachers. (Appalachian State University, 2005)

  • NBCTs had greater consistency in their focus on student assessment, their tools to collect data on student achievement were rated as significantly better, and they reported more practice of matching assessments with student learning goals. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004)

  • NBCTs had dispositions and skills that were in alignment with high-quality teaching. Researchers also found a positive relationship between teacher efficacy and student achievement. (George Washington University, 2005)

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Research Results of Wisconsin:Sustained School Improvement

  • Virtually all NBCTs, 99.6 percent, are engaged in at least one leadership activity to improve the quality of teaching or boost student learning in the nations’ classrooms. (Yankelovich Partners, 2001)

  • Candidates felt that the National Board Certification process has led to positive interaction with teachers, administrators and communities. (NBPTS, 2001)

  • NBCTs demonstrated a desire to serve in leadership roles that include being professional development leaders, supervising student teachers and serving as team leaders and mentors. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003)

Cost of national board certification
Cost of National Board Certification of Wisconsin:

  • $65 initial online application processing charge

  • $500 non-refundable registration fee

  • $2,000 assessment fee

  • Renewal fee: $1,150 ($300 non-refundable)

    ** There are low-interest NEA loans available

    ** There is an online extended-payment charge card plan available

Wisconsin nbpts support
Wisconsin NBPTS Support of Wisconsin:


  • Candidates applying to DPI or MPS Representative before December 15th receive $1,250 stipend to offset costs of registration

  • State awards up to $2,000 reimbursement of first year expenses after certification (SAVE RECIEPTS) and $2,500 each year for 9 years. An additional $2,500 is given to teachers who teach in high poverty (60% free/reduced lunch) schools.

  • Wisconsin NBCT’s receive Master Licensure


  • Each year NBCT’s are invited to a reception at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Jessica Doyle and Elizabeth Burmaster

Mps teachers
MPS Teachers of Wisconsin:

MPS teachers please contact:

Nicole Peters-Freeman

Phone: (414) 438-3645

Email: petersnt@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Wnbn wisconsin national board network inc
WNBN of Wisconsin:Wisconsin National Board Network, Inc.

The mission of the Wisconsin National Board Network is to enhance student learning by:

  • Promoting National Board Certification

  • Supporting those seeking certification

  • Advocating for educational reforms

  • Encouraging continued professional development, including leadership development, for National Board Certified Teachers.


Need more information
Need More Information? of Wisconsin:

  • Toll-free phone number:

  • 800-22-TEACH

  • NBPTS Web site:

  • www.nbpts.org

  • Access the following online at no charge:

  • Standards for each certificate

  • Portfolio entry instructions

  • Scoring Guides and retired prompts

  • Online assessment center tutorial

  • Assessment center information

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

  • Elaine Strom Phone:(608) 267-9215

  • Email:Elaine.Strom@dpi.wi.gov

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On behalf of teachers and of Wisconsin:

the children they teach…

Thank you for joining this important initiative.