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National Board Standards

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​Based on the Five Core Propositions, National Board Standards define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. They represent 16 different subject areas and four developmental levels and are applicable to most teachers in U.S. public schools. 

Created by Teachers, for Teachers

National Board Standards are developed by a committee of outstanding educators who are broadly representative of accomplished professionals in their field. While the majority of each committee is made up of classroom teachers, other members may include experts in child development, teacher education and relevant disciplines. The committee provides recommendations to the National Board and advises those involved in developing the corresponding assessment.

Many school systems use National Board Standards as the basis for ongoing teacher and school counselor professional development, and many colleges and universities incorporate them into their teacher preparation programs.

The Development Process

To create and revise each of the standards for the 25 certificate areas:

  1. NBPTS Certification Council appoints a standards committee.
  2. The committee develops standards that:
    • Reflect the Five Core Propositions;
    • Identify specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support accomplished practice, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching;
    • Illustrate how a teacher's professional judgment is reflected in action; and
    • Describe how the standards come to life in different settings. Standards undergo repeated drafts until they are approved for public comment review.
  3. A draft of the standards is distributed widely to the education community for public comment after which the committee meets again to review and revise the document.
  4. The document is then submitted to the Certification Council and Board of Directors for adoption and is published in final form.