Standards Revision

Since our founding, every element of the National Board’s work has been led by teachers, for teachers–the standards are no different. National Board Standards are regularly revised to ensure they describe all critical aspects of accomplished teaching and reflect the expectations that the teaching profession has established for Board-certified teachers in service of student learning.

Standards Under Revision

The National Board is in the process of standards revisions to redefine and refresh expectations for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. We are revising all certificate area standards in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Standards revision is a multi-year process. Candidates for certification and Maintenance of Certification should continue to use the published standards when preparing components.

Current Status

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is pleased to announce the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standards Committee members  who are working to  develop standards in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all certificate areas. As we are committed to ensuring National Board Standards apply to teachers in all teaching situations and in all areas of the country, the committee of 12 members are

  • representative of the diversity among teaching professionals and the students and communities they serve.
  • a majority of National Board Certified Teachers.
  • a majority of teachers who are currently teaching students ages 3-18+.
  • experts (including school leaders, teacher educators, researchers, and other professionals) in child development, fairness, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism.
  • experienced collaborators who can adapt to a process wherein all decisions are made by consensus.

The committee will work remotely, and all members will receive an honorarium. The standards will be available for public comment in 2022.

Standards Revision Process 

Throughout the development of both the standards and the certification process, the National Board:

  • ensures a broad representation of the diversity that exists within the profession;
  •  engages pertinent disciplinary and specialty associations at key points in the process;
  • collaborates closely with appropriate state agencies, academic institutions, and independent research and education organizations; and
  • establishes procedures to detect and eliminate instances of external and internal bias.

As a first step in ensuring broad representation, the National Board convened stakeholders representing 42 organizations in May 2021 to inform its committee selection criteria and generate guidance for the committee.

An open application period was held from May 26 – June 16,  from which the Certification Council appointed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has been meeting since  September 2021. The standards development stages include analysis of the Five Core Propositions, review of existing standards, establishing the revision framework, and iterative rounds of drafting. Because this revision process is creating a new standard that will span all certification areas, we have added a round of internal review from additional stakeholders before opening the public comment period.

The Certification Council  will work closely with the DEI Standard Committee over the next several months and aim for public comment submissions opening in Fall 2022. The National Board will take the next several months to further refine the standard and then open the public comment period. After the public comment period concludes, the DEI Committee will thoroughly review all data and revision suggestions and make edits to clarify and further strengthen the standard. The language will be finalized and put in front of the Certification Council for their approval and submission to the Board of Directors for adoption. The Board of Directors will approve the standard as written or remand back to the Certification Council and/or DEI Standard Committee for further revisions. 

The committee’s work will be managed by National Board staff and overseen by the National Board’s Certification Council and Board of Directors.

In the next phase of standards revisions, certificate area experts will be convened to embed the adopted standards into each of the certificate area standards. Once the certificate area standards revisions are adopted by the Board of Directors, all assessments will be reviewed to determine what changes are necessary to reflect the new expectations in the standards.

The National Board is taking the time to ensure this standard is robust and comprehensive, forward-thinking and garners widespread support from educators, parents, students, and leaders and has a clear pathway to adoption and successful implementation.