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Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm
April 1, 2015

The evidence continues to mount that teachers who earn national-board certification are more effective than other teachers, both at the high school and elementary levels. Two recently released studies show higher test scores by students who are taught by board-certified teachers. The findings are in line with previous research. Read More (subscription may be required) – Stephen Sawchuk, April 1, 2015.

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National Board’s ATLAS Boosts Teacher Prep in Louisiana through Video Analysis and Reflection
March 31, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Through a new partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, teacher preparation programs in Louisiana will receive a major boost in preparing the next generation of teachers for success in the profession.  The new partnership between the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Louisiana Board of Regents will provide aspiring teachers throughout the state with access to ATLAS—a unique, searchable online library of authentic videos showing National Board Certified Teachers at work in the classroom. ATLAS (Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools™) allows users to get inside the heads of accomplished teachers by observing…

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Two New Studies Add to the Evidence Base on Board-Certified Teachers’ Impact on Student Achievement
March 19, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. —  Two independent studies recently released provide new evidence that, on average, the students of National Board Certified Teachers learn more than students in other classrooms. Such evidence held from elementary through high school grades; across reading, math and science subject areas; and in varied districts and states across the country. The studies, the first conducted in Washington state by researchers Dr. Dan Goldhaber and James Cowan, and the second in Kentucky and in Chicago Public Schools by the nonprofit CNA Corporation under the leadership of Dr. Linda Cavalluzzo, build upon more than a decade of research that…

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National Board Publishes New Standards for CTE
March 3, 2015

The new CTE Standards are here! The National Board has published revised standards for accomplished teaching in the rapidly evolving field of Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Created by educators—Board-certified teachers and researchers with distinguished expertise in CTE—the standards were written to reflect recent advances in research and practice and address the increasing focus on preparing all students for postsecondary success. National Board Certification in CTE will be organized around eight pathways or specialty areas established by the standards, from Decorative Arts and Design to Natural Resources. They also boost the content knowledge requirements for CTE certification and the expectation that teachers…

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What should be included in fixing NCLB?
February 4, 2015

This week the National Board submitted recommendations to Congress to build a strong teaching workforce through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The recommendations include building a continuum that supports teacher growth; strengthening entry into the profession; improving ongoing professional learning, including pathways to Board certification; and creating opportunities for teacher leadership. At the same time, the National Board submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on its proposed teacher preparation regulations, drawing from the example of the rigorous training and residency programs in the medical profession. Read More ESEA: Building a…

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Board-Certified Teachers Urge Congress to Use ESEA Reauthorization to Strengthen Teaching
January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON —  Rachelle Moore, a Board-certified first-grade teacher from Seattle, Wash., urged Congress to take a broad view of what is needed to improve education for all students in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In particular, Moore, who was the only teacher to testify before the Senate panel today, stressed the importance of investing in the “continuum that includes teacher induction, professional growth and teacher leadership” as a way to better prepare and retain high-quality educators. [Click to read her testimony.] “I am hopeful that all parties will work together on ESEA reauthorization to ensure all students…

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National Board Adopts Revised Career and Technical Education Standards
December 15, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has adopted newly revised standards for accomplished teaching in the rapidly evolving field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The standards, which will be published in early 2015, were created by educators—Board-certified teachers and researchers with distinguished expertise in CTE. They were written to reflect recent advances in research and practice and address the increasing focus on preparing all students for postsecondary success. “In defining accomplished teaching within career and technical education, the revised standards are rigorous, elegant, and move the field forward in significant ways,” said Kristin Hamilton, NBCT, director…

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Kentucky teachers rank sixth in country in latest National Board Certification results
December 5, 2014

With over 3,000 Kentucky teachers to date achieving National Board Certification, the state now ranks sixth nationally and is making progress towards its legislative goal of one NBCT in every school. The National Board is working with the state Department of Education, the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the Kentucky Education Association to boost the number of Kentucky teachers who pursue and achieve Board certification.  Kyforward.com, Education Professional Standards Board, December 5, 2014 Article

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87 more Chicago Public Schools teachers earn National Board Certification
December 5, 2014

“Fifty Chicago Public Schools teachers renewed their National Board Certification and 87 more have been certified for the first time with the gold standard —  giving CPS the second-highest number of teachers with the national recognition.” Chicago Sun Times, Lauren FitzPatrick, December 5, 2014. Article

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More than 4,000 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification, Profession’s Mark of Accomplished Teaching
December 3, 2014

Results Follow National Poll Showing Broad Public Demand for Certification    ARLINGTON, Va. —December 3, 2014— In 2013-14, more than 4,000 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process similar to Board certification in medicine. To date, more than 110,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards—created by teachers, for teachers—that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.  The results come on the heels of a nationwide poll released in September by PDK International and…

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