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Tool Name
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Evaluation Type
Observations of Teachers and Principals
Instructional Artifacts
Combination Models

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Use of Evaluation

Professional Status

This program was developed by NBPTS and is used for certification purposes. It is generally not used as an evaluation tool but does help inform instruction and can help states and districts consider how to create quality assessments for more accomplished teachers.

Product Description
This product is a certification program; as such, NBPTS offers an important and rigorous evidence-based performance assessment process that requires one to three years to complete. Candidates are required to submit four portfolio entries: one classroom-based entry containing student work, two classroom-based entries with videos of interactions between candidates and students in both large and small groups, and one documented accomplishments entry that provides evidence of the candidate’s accomplishments outside the classroom and how that work impacts student learning. Candidates’ mastery of content is evaluated using a computer-based assessment consisting of six 30-minute exercises administered at an assessment center. It assesses teachers in 25 certificate areas across all student developmental levels.

General Target Population Information
Teachers across the PK–12 education range can become certified in 1 of 25 specialty areas. Certification is available to any teacher who meets the following eligibility requirements:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have completed three full years of teaching/counseling experience
  • Possess a valid state teaching/counseling license for that period of time, or, if teaching where a license is not required, have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state

Stage of Development
This performance assessment is targeted toward accomplished teachers.

NBPTS certifies teachers in districts in all 50 states.

Research and Resources
Hakel, M. D., Koenig, J. A., & Elliott, S. W. (Eds.). (2008). Assessing accomplished teaching: Advanced-level certification programs: A report of the National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Lustick, D., & Sykes, G. (2006). National Board Certification as professional development: What are teachers learning? Education Policy Analysis Archives, 14(5). Retrieved October, 2011, from

Sato, M., Wei, R. C., & Darling Hammond, L. (2008). Improving teachers' assessment practices through professional development: The case of National Board Certification. American Educational Research Journal, 45(3), 669–700.

Vandevoort, L. G., Amrein-Beardsley, A., & Berliner, D. C. (2004, September 8). National board certified teachers and their students' achievement. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(46). Retrieved October, 2011, from

NBPTS application for certification is voluntary. A nonrefundable $65 processing charge is required when submitting an application. Candidacy officially starts when a candidate submits the nonrefundable $500 initial fee, which is applied to the $2,500 assessment fee. Retake fees apply for each year after the first year of candidacy.

Contact Information
NBPTS Office
1525 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22209
Toll-Free: 800-22TEACH 
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Support Available
Through the National Board Scholarship Program, candidates may be eligible for scholarships from the generous organizations listed on the NBPTS website at

All scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only candidates who have submitted an application and paid the initial $500 fee are eligible to receive scholarship funds. Also, many states offer support to candidates through federal subsidy grant funds.