I think that the people who apply for National Board Certification were already slightly better than average, so it proves nothing that researchers have found that they're slightly better than average after certification. It would be helpful to see how much these teachers were changed by certification, and no one has done that. Do their students progress faster now? Who knows?
Credential of NBPTS Has Impact
Still, evidence scant that program transformed field
By Debra Viadero and Vaishali Honawar
June 13, 2008
Teachers who earn advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are more effective than teachers without that credential, but there’s little evidence to show the program has transformed the field in the broader ways its founders envisioned...
The Arlington, Va.-based standards board, created in 1987, has received more than $100 million in federal money to develop and run a system of assessments for recognizing accomplished teachers. And, as of 2006, 42 states were offering teachers financial incentives for earning the voluntary national certification. Between 2003 and 2007, the program awarded its certification status to more than 63,800 teachers.
In the new report, however, a 17-member panel of the National Research Council says it’s still unclear whether the process itself leads to better-quality teaching...
Teachers who complete the NBPTS program are usually teachers who want to improve their skills and are already very good teachers. I suspect that with or without the NB certification, these teachers would have close to the same positive impact on student test scores as the NRC committee found.
Dr. Painter wrote:
The mindset of uniformity that pervades education will keep teachers in mediocrity until they understand that individual accomplishments benefit the profession. When I gave a presentation on NBPTS, a teacher indignantly told me, "I think ALL teachers should be given National Board Certification!" I was treated negatively by my colleagues after achieving National Board Certification, and I was actively discouraged by my administrators, who stated they did not want an art teacher to surpass the academic teachers. Education careers would be improved by making NBPTS one of a variety of programs in which teachers may excel. As Sir Ken Robinson wrote, "Real creativity comes from finding your medium, being in your element."