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Educator Development and Equity

National Board Certification

Published: 1/4/2022 7:29 AM
​​​Legislative Update Regarding National Board Certification and Rank Change

Senate Bill 174 signed by Governor Andy Beshear on April 24, 2020, amends KRS 161.1211 to allow National Board certification to qualify a teacher for Rank II status and updates the Rank I requirements to reflect this change. Teachers who are currently Rank III and have obtained National Board certification may submit an application for rank change using their EPSB account to obtain Rank II status, in addition to those seeking to change from a Rank II to Rank I.

What is National Board Certification?

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established in 1987 as the teaching profession’s vehicle for defining and recognizing accomplished teaching. National Board Certification, which is built upon National Board Standards and the National Board’s Five Core Propositions, is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. To date, more than 112,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved National Board Certification.  

Are you interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher? Watch this video to see if you are eligible! 

National Board Certified Teachers in Kentucky

Kentucky recognized 82 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards during a Feb. 11 virtual ceremony. During the ceremony, Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation designating Feb. 11 as National Board Certified Teacher Day.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) provided additional flexibilities for teachers who pursued certification. In late February, more initial certifications and renewals were announced, bringing Kentucky to a total of 99 new NBCTs. Kentucky is tied with Nevada for the 8th place in the country for the number of new NBCTs. We also had 75 NBCTs who renewed successfully (8th in the country) and this year, Kentucky ranks 6th in the country for the percentage of teachers who are National Board Certified, for a total of 4114 NBCTs in Kentucky. 

You can watch a recording of the February 11 ceremony on the KDE Media Portal

 2020 National Board Certified Teachers Group 1

Why become National Board Certified?

"Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students” (NBPTS webpage). Research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more than students in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts, including Kentucky, offer incentives for teachers to pursue Board certification. Furthermore, the Kentucky General Assembly found that: 
  • Student achievement is directly related to a teacher’s ability to nurture learning
  • All students are entitled to have teachers who know the subjects they teach and who demonstrate skill to manage and monitor student learning
  • Teachers need support and opportunity to develop higher-level skills throughout their careers
  • National Board certification is based upon high and rigorous standards and provides a process of development and assessment of teachers’ knowledge, skill and ability
  • And that teachers who successfully meet National Board certification requirements strengthen the teaching profession by mentoring new teachers, serving as role models and master teachers for teacher candidates, and assisting other teachers who seek National Board certification.

Jocelyne Waddle
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Recruitment and Development
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 4540
Fax (502) 564-4007

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