The number of Washington state teachers applying for national certification doubled this year after the legislature increased annual stipends. If teachers, upon certification, opt to work in one of the state’s low-income schools, they will be eligible for an extra $5,000 per year. West Virginia has implemented a similar increase in stipends for teachers who pass the time-consuming and difficult test.
Do you feel your state’s stipend is fair? Is a salary increase worth the time invested in becoming National Board certified? What other motives are there, besides a higher salary, for being certified?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.