Board Certified Teachers More Effective
North Carolina as their focus, researchers from the University of Washington
and the Urban Institute found that teachers who have earned national
certification are more effective in raising student achievement than
The study analyzed more than 600,000 test scores of North Carolina students
in third through fifth grades from 1996 to 1999. The results of individual
students were linked to the teachers who taught them.
The end-of-grade test scores of students whose teachers have been certified
by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards improved an
average of 7 percent in reading and math, compared to students whose
teachers had tried, but failed, to earn the voluntary credential.
The study also found that nationally certified teachers are more effective
with younger students and with those from low-income families.
North Carolina this year is spending about $38 million on national certification.
Most of that -- about $32 million -- is for salary supplements, which
amount to an average of about $5,000 a year for the 6,000 teachers now
holding the credential. The state pays the $2,300 application fee required
for teachers seeking the certificate.
links high scores, national certificate by Todd Silberman,
Raleigh News & Observer, March 10, 2004
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