Created by Teachers, for Teachers

National Board Standards are developed by committees of outstanding educators who are broadly representative of accomplished professionals in their field. The committees are governed by the Board of Directors and the Certification Council, the majority of whom are National Board Certified Teachers. The Five Core Propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards.

In addition to classroom teachers, other committee members may include experts in child development, teacher education and relevant disciplines.

The committee provides recommendations to the National Board and advises the experts who develop the corresponding assessment.

Many school systems use the Five Core Propositions and 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.

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Standards Currently Being Revised

The National Board is currently updating its standards revision expectations in the areas of fairness, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. These expectations will guide revisions of all certificate area standards.  Certificate area standards revisions will begin in 2023 with Science Standards. To learn more about the standards revision process, look here.

Standards in Action

ATLAS provides authentic cases of National Board Certified Teachers putting the Standards into practice across all content areas and grade levels. Learn more.