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Nationally Certified Teachers: More Credentials And Pay, But Where's The Accountability?

October 11, 2000

So far, 4,804 teachers have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. But there is yet no research concerning whether nationally certified teachers are able to raise student achievement.

"There is absolutely no proof as yet that NBPTS-certified teachers are actually more effective in terms of the academic value that they add to their pupils," says Chester E. Finn Jr., a former Reagan administration education official and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

  • Nevertheless, 39 states have approved extra compensation for teachers who have national certificates -- often raising their salary about $5,000 a year.
  • Next month an additional 4,500 teachers are expected to get the credential.
  • Some 39 percent of the teachers work in suburban schools, while 32 percent teach in urban settings and 29 percent are in rural schools.
  • At 1,260, North Carolina has the most certified teachers -- followed by Ohio with less than half that number, then Florida, Mississippi, California, Iowa, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

The board was established in 1987 by major teacher organizations and unions, as well as several governors and education specialists. It has an annual budget of $24 million from foundations and federal grants.

Source: Jay Mathews, "A Measure of Respect," Washington Post, October 10, 2000.


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