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Common Core State Standards

The purpose of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to define what students are expected to know and be able to do. The Common Core is designed to promote deep learning through rigorous student standards aligned with college and career expectations. The standards emphasize depth of knowledge, problem solving and higher order thinking skills.

Created in 1987, the National Board holds student learning at the center of its mission, with higher order thinking as the hallmark of successful student learning that leads to productive citizenship. The National Board Certification process requires teachers to guide students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

With this shared vision for students to become productive citizens through college and career readiness, National Board supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards. Both are aligned in a common set of knowledge and skills that prepare students for their future, yet National Board standards go further in ensuring that teachers have the expertise and competencies to create and sustain the conditions to advance student learning.

As accomplished practitioners, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) understand that developing students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers depends on the teacher’s ability to engage and motivate students, activate their curiosity and nurture their creativity.

NBCTs also have the leadership skills to work collaboratively to implement Common Core initiatives in ways that make sense in local school contexts. Because of their proven expertise in content, pedagogy, assessment and leadership, NBCTs are ready for all standards that promote student learning, achievement and growth.