ERIC Number: ED390809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-20
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Implications of National Board Certification on the Development of Montana Educators. Submitted to Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council. Final Report.
The paper reports on the Montana Education Stakeholders Conference for National Board Certification (Helena, Montana, May 5, 1995), which met to discuss the impact of National Board Certification on Montana education. The content of the meeting is outlined, including summaries of presentations on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the national assessment process and work group sessions on two questions: (1) how exemplary teachers in Montana can be encouraged to work toward advanced education; and (2) the kinds of rewards that would be appropriate for Board certified teachers. Suggestions for encouraging teachers to sit for National Board Certification (NBC) are summarized. Administrators questioned whether there was evidence that the assessments make teachers better at their jobs and expressed concern that union groups would see rewards as a "merit pay" issue. Teachers expressed concern over the amount charged for the assessment, the implications of sitting for assessment and not being certified, whether certification would be the equivalent of a Ph.D., and how much time it would take to complete the assessment process. In summary, even though many questions were raised regarding the mechanics of certification process, the overwhelming opinion was that Montana's educational community should begin preparing teachers to become nationally Board certified and that all levels of the profession need to become involved in the process. Evaluation forms indicated that participants found the conference valuable and agreed that further stakeholders' meetings would be very helpful in informing more people about NBPTS and in developing policies regarding Montana's participation in National Board Certification. Appendices include: conference registration forms and informational letters of invitation, NBC implications for state policy, "Certificate Roll-out Schedule,""State and Local Action Supporting National Board Certification,""Current Delivery System Overview (NBPTS),""National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Information System," and "Checklist for National Board Assessments." (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
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Sponsor: Montana State Board of Education, Helena.
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Identifiers - Location: Montana