ERIC Number: ED468745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
A Distinction That Matters: Why National Teacher Certification Makes a Difference. Highlights from a Study of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Process.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Arlington, VA.
This study examined the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification process, investigating 65 white and African American teachers from North Carolina, Ohio, and the District of Columbia who had sought National Board certification in one of two areas--early adolescence/English language Arts and middle childhood/generalist. Of the 65 teachers, 31 achieved certification. Their certification scores fell into one of four groups: well above or below the performance standard or just slightly above or below the performance standard. Researchers observed the teachers, interviewed teachers and their students, administered student surveys, and collected students' written responses to a statement. All 65 teachers demonstrated laudable teaching skills, but National Board certified teachers outperformed non-certified teachers on all 13 generally recognized measures of good teaching. Differences were dramatic in 11 areas. Certified teachers were better at improvising when faced with the unexpected, understanding why students succeeded or failed on specific tasks, engaging students without overwhelming them, and anticipating difficulties students might have with new concepts. Students of certified teachers demonstrated a deeper understanding of the concepts they were taught than did students of non-certified teachers. (SM)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Skills
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 1525 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209 ($5). Tel: 800-228-3224 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.nbpts.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Arlington, VA.