National Board Certification: What’s It Worth?

August 15, 2007 1 min read

As the number of National Board-certified teachers continues to rise at an exponential rate—two percent of the teaching population is expected to be certified by the end of 2008—some worry that the value of certification will diminish. Comparing board certification to master’s degrees, experts say that monetary incentives will motivate so many teachers to pursue the credential, it will no longer be a marker of teacher effectiveness.

Will an exponential increase in the number of teachers being certified lessen the worth of National Board certification? What do you think about the evaluation process? Is National Board certification an indicator of teacher effectiveness?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.