The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards improves teaching and student learning. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. In a congressionally-mandated study, National Board Certification was recently recognized by the National Research Council as having a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention, and professional development.

The mission of NBPTS is to
— Promote the use of the National Board Standards as a professional development tool and lever for teachers to improve their practice.
—Support diverse groups of teacher candidates seeking National Board Certification as Take One! participants, and first-time, retake, and renewal candidates.
—Build the capacity of NBCTs to improve teaching and learning through mentoring and facilitating professional development in their respective schools and districts.