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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. Other members include school administrators, school board leaders, governors and state legislators, higher education officials, teacher union leaders and business and community leaders.

The National Board for Professional Standards Certification process, requiring intense self-reflection and analysis of one's own practice, is a forceful professional development experience. Having measured their practice against the highest and most rigorous standards for the profession, teachers say that their teaching is resultantly more focused, reflective, and confident. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification and have a Rank II can apply for Rank I from the Education Professional Standards Board. Rank I is the highest rank in Kentucky and may allow for an increase in salary for teachers based on the local district pay scale that considers educational level and experience.

Offered on a voluntary basis, the advanced system of National Board for Professional Teaching Certification for Professional Teaching Standards complements, but does not replace, state licensing. Each state, school district, and school decides how best to capitalize on the National Board Certification process and the expertise of NBPTS as it designs instructional arrangements to promote student learning and support professional practice.

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)

The National Board Professional Teaching Standards website offers a great depth of information useful to you as you proceed through the program. Visit them at www.NBPTS.org.

The Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching (KYNT3) offers an Innovator Incentive (a one-time only reimbursement for a candidate in a school that does not already have a board certified teacher) to support the legislative goal outlined in KRS 161.131. This statute outlines the value of board certification and sets a goal that by the year 2020 every school in the Commonwealth will have at least one board certified teacher. This vision when met will spread the expertise of accomplished teaching to every school, and eventually every student in the Commonwealth. This funding is made possible by a US Department of Education SEED grant, funded through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. For more information visit KyNT3.org.

NBCT are also eligible to receive a $2,000 salary supplement. For information related to this supplement, NBCT's should contact the Kentucky Department of Education at 502-564-3846.

Candidate Training and Renewal Support

Candidate and NBCT's may find support at the following:

Kentucky Regulations and Statutes Related to National Board Certification

News and Data

Temporary Suspension of Enrollments in the Teachers’ National Incentive Trust Fund

  • KRS 161.133 Teachers' National Certification Incentive Trust Fund--Purposes--Appropriations
  • KRS 161.134 Preparation for National Board Certification--Incentives--Authority to prorate reimbursements if funds insufficient -- Administrative regulations for mentoring program
  • KRS 16 KAR 1:040 Teachers National Certification Incentive Trust Fund

Due to budgetary limitations the EPSB is under a temporary suspension of all enrollments into the Teachers’ National Certification Incentive Trust Fund as presented in 16 KAR 1:040. Should funding become available, staff will enroll the number of candidates into the trust fund commensurate with the amount allocated. Please contact Sherri Henley at the EPSB with further questions.

Contracts for mentoring services through the Candidate Support Providers will not be issued at this time due to budgetary limitations. The priority use of the funds will be to enroll as many teachers as possible into the trust fund. The $200 teacher stipend per day for two (2) days has also been suspended for the current budget cycle. Additionally, substitute reimbursements will be suspended until further notice.

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