National Board Certification for Teachers: A Billion Dollar Hoax
by M. O. Thirunarayanan — February 10, 2004
The term “National Board Certification” conjures up visions of the highest levels of expertise in the area of certification. The reality is however, far from such visions. Teachers who are National Board Certified need only have as much content knowledge as some of the more advanced students that they teach. In this brief commentary, I will provide evidence to show that despite the lofty image conveyed by its name, the standards for National Board Certification for Teachers are closer to entry level standards for teachers. I will also argue that teachers who attain such certification do not deserve the humongous pay raises and other incentives that have been lavished on them.
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