ERIC Number: ED485515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Is National Board Certification an Effective Signal of Teacher Quality?
Cavalluzzo, Linda C.
Many states and districts are moving toward more targeted compensation policies as a way to attract higher quality candidates into the teaching profession and to encourage increases in productivity among current teachers. Rather than align pay increases only to level of education and years of experience, for example, many school systems have started to tie pay increases or bonuses to National Board Certification (NBC). But the practice has been questioned, in part because of a lack of empirical evidence that NBC is an effective signal of teaching quality. The present study uses data from a large urban school district to examine the association between student gains in mathematics in the ninth and tenth grades, NBC, and other indicators of teacher quality. Based on a variety of different specifications and student subsamples, we find robust evidence that NBC is an effective indicator of teacher quality.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Certification, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Competencies, Grade 9, Grade 10, Teacher Salaries, Achievement Gains, Mathematics Achievement
CNA Corporation, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311-1850. Tel: 703-824-2000; Fax: 703-824-2942.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 9
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: CNA Corp., Alexandria, VA.