About the NBPTS Project
What is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards?
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is committed to high and rigorous teaching standards, to a voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards and to educational reforms that promote teaching professionalism and teacher expertise. NBPTS advocates for content-based, age-specific rather than generic assessment. It believes assessments should reflect sustained, accomplishment collected over time.
Fundamental to National Board (NB) certification are five core propositions:
- Teachers are committed to students and their learning
- Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
- Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
- Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
- Teachers are members of learning communities
These five core propositions are therefore embedded in the NB certification process and the work of an accomplished teacher.
NB certification is a two-part process where NB candidates describe, analyze and reflect on their practice—
- A portfolio of four entries, which include videotapes, student work, parent collaboration, leadership roles, and community activism
- An assessment center test of six 30-minute content prompts
Why pursue National Board Certification?
Research proves National Board Teachers make a difference. Teachers with NB certification outperform others and enhance student achievement.(Teacher Validation Study, 2001) NB teachers increase student achievement. (Vandvoort, 2004). Children learn more from NB teachers (Goldhaber, 2004). National Board Certification is an indicator of teacher quality (Cavalluzzo, 2004). UCLA NB program closes the achievement gap between African American and white teachers. (Howard, Ifekwunigwe, Williams, 2004)
How does the UCLA NBPTS Project Support National Board Candidates?
The UCLA NBPTS Project has been supporting NB candidates for over fifteen years. The Project offers support for teachers seeking certification through a support cohort available throughout the candidate's certification journey. The program begins with a four-day summer institute and continues with monthly meetings throughout the school year and includes optional computer and writing workshops and simulated assessment tests.
The UCLA NBPTS Project is one of five California Professional Teaching Development Centers (PTDC)and is a NBPTS Network Affiliate Site.