The journey to National Board Certification is a rigorous and unique experience for each candidate. However, sustained support for candidates who are going through the certification process can truly enhance the experience. One of the primary goals of NBCNY is to develop NBC cohort throughout the state’s seven regions to provide support structures for teachers to pursue and successfully complete the NBC process. To accomplish this, a regional cohort or support group can be formed so that teachers are not working in isolation, but rather with colleagues to accomplish a shared goal. Teachers have spoken highly of the importance of collegial support from pre-candidacy through achievement of certification by giving and receiving constructive feedback. To find an NBC cohort near you, please see Regions Webpages.
Starting the Certification Process
The National Board’s work is guided by five core propositions that articulate what teachers should know and be able to do. These ideals guide the development of the National Board’s standards and assessment. Using these core propositions as a foundation, NBPTS standards further detail what constitutes accomplished teaching in 25 certificate areas and for students at all stages of their development. The influence of the NBPTS standards is pervasive throughout the NBC process. They form the basis for the performance-based assessments that are at the heart of the NBC system. They also drive the structure of the assessment exercises as well as the scoring rubrics. Visit National Board’s Certification Process page for information on standards, scoring and portfolio guidelines.
Candidates may apply for 3 graduate credits for each component for $300, through a partnership with NYSUT's ELT, Empire State College and the NBCNY Network. Ask your facilitator about this opportunity.
Writing Institutes for NBC Candidates
Candidates benefit from extended, focused time to concentrate on National Board work. Many cohorts provide time in the summer to begin group work and time in the winter to work on writing portfolio entries. Visit our Workshops and Events page for a current listing of institutes around NYS. Winter Writing Institutes are sponsored by New York State United Teachers and provided through a collaboration with NYS Teacher Centers and NBCNY.
Candidates can take the Component 1 Assessment Center exercises at any time during their assessment window (April to June 15th). It is important to prepare for this portion of the process as it is worth 40 percent of your score. NBC candidates and advanced candidates can benefit from collaborating with each other and discussing resources, standards and assessment framework topics. Candidates may want to work with teachers of similar certification areas to unpack and scoring rubrics, constructed response exercise descriptions, selected response items, resources and curriculum information. The Assessment Center Guide and on-line tutorial are extremely beneficial.
It is also important to understand the NBPTS Code of Ethics as you collaborate or support other candidates. Never discuss the assessment prompts after you have taken it.
National Board Certification submissions are scored against the National Board Standards. NBPTS encourages candidates to be mindful of the scoring rubrics that the process assessors will follow when writing your reflective papers. Each certificate area is scored against its own set of standards, so be sure to check out the scoring process in your specific area. Visit National Board’s Certificate Area page to review your area’s specific scoring guide.
Retake or advanced candidates are teachers who continue with the process beyond the first scoring cycle. Teachers are strongly encouraged to reapply to National Board and continue the NBC process. Portfolio entries for advanced candidates are due on May 16 and assessment center exercises must be completed by June 15. Advanced candidates often offer valuable recommendations and insights to new candidates as they continue their work in supportive collegial circles. Unfortunately, there is no longer fee subsidy or funding available for retaking entries.
Find a Regional Coordinator in your area to connect with a NBC Cohort and supports.