National Board Certification
National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
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Highline is an OSPI approved support provider for National Board Candidates. Pursuing National Board Certification is a voluntary process for teachers who have taught for 3 or more years. Here are more facts to know about the process in Highline:
- More than 185 Highline teachers have achieved certification.
- There 25 Certificate areas are available.
- Highline provides a financial support package as described in the Section 18.4 of the CBA.
- Highline Cohorts are facilitated by state trained Highline teacher leaders who are NBCT certified.
- To complete the process teachers submit 4 Components, consisting of a content assessment and 3 written portfolios.
- 13% of Highline Teachers are National Board Certified.
- Loans are available through OSPI.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) recognizes Washington as a model state in recruitment, retention and support of candidates. Washington has a low attrition rate, high candidate volume, high quality candidate support and quality mentor training, as evidenced by the high achievement rate for first-time candidates. The NBPTS 2018 report stated that Washington is:
- 1st in the country in new NBCTs (854, 7 years in a row)
- 2nd in renewed NBCTs (775)
- 2rd in percentage of teachers who are NBCTs (18.74%)
- 3rd in total number of NBCTs (10,864) There are 122,155 Nationally
- 9th highest applicant volume in country
- Lowest attrition rate in the country (9 percent)
Washington's attrition rate for candidates in Title I (high poverty) schools is much lower than that for non-Title I schools.
Registration is now open for the 2019 WEA National Board Jump Start. It is recommended at all new candidates attend. All Candidates attending Highline Cohorts or who are applying for the OSPI National Board Loan must attend Jump Start or a District Foundations course.
Member cost: $250
For more information on choosing your certificate area and information on registering with National Boards go to the National Board Certified Teachers website to begin your journey.
National Board Information Sessions will be offered at Central Office from 4:15-5:15 for Teachers and Counselors interested in pursuing National Board Certification in the 2019-2010 school year.
Information Session Dates:
- April 29
- April 30
- May 23
- June 3
Information will also be available at the Benefits Fair in August.
Cohorts for the 2019-20 school year will open at the end of May. Please sign up on the PD calendar.
If you have questions please contact Barbara Edwards.
In the 2018-19 school year, financial support for retake candidates was not available. The priority was first-time candidates, and the $100,000 for certification support was exhausted before all first-time candidates received a stipend.
Are you doing retakes and want to talk to a facilitator? Please contact Barbara Edwards
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