State of National Board in South Carolina
New National Board Information
We have been informed that the National Board process is changing. Teachers who apply before January 1, 2014 will follow the “old” system of ten entries (four portfolio entries, six assessment center exercises). Candidates who apply on or after January 1, 2014 will complete their work under the “new” National Board system. According to NBPTS, “We are revising the process to incorporate the latest research and best practice in the field and to reduce barriers so that more students can learn from Board-certified teachers. As some of you may recall, certification was last updated in 2001.” Teachers who find it necessary to become retake candidates will continue with the system under which they first submitted their entries.
Highlights of the “New” System
The “new” system will apply to initial candidates for the 2014-2015 cycle. The application for this cycle will open in spring 2014.
The “new” system will consist of four modules rather than 10 entries. This is simply a repackaging and does not indicate that the NB process will be any less rigorous.
The four modules will include a revised assessment center module (likely 4 assessment center exercises), a revised student work portfolio, a revised video portfolio, and an impact and accomplishments portfolio.
NBPTS will only release two modules in 2014-2015. An additional module will be released in 2015-2016, and the final module in 2016-2017. This means that it will take teachers a minimum of three years to certify during the roll-out of the “new” system.
Beginning in 2016-2017, NBPTS will have all four modules available and teachers could certify in one year.
The cost for the “new” system will be reduced to around $2000. Each module will cost no more than $500. Candidates will be able to pay for individual modules.
NBPTS will continue to emphasize:
National Board Standards
Five Core Propositions
Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
A performance-based, peer-review model
Content knowledge and commitment to student learning
For more information visit: http://www.nbpts.org/future-revision-national-board-certification
In collaboration with National Board District Liaisons, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement conducts informational workshops aimed to assist and guide National Board Candidates through the process of completing and submitting all portfolio entries and to help prepare candidates for the assessment center.
As workshops are scheduled throughout the year information will be posted on this page. For more information contact your local district's National Board Liaison.
The SC legislature passed provisos 1A.33 and 1A.50. The following is provided for information concerning supplements.
The salary supplement continues at the $7500 level for anyone who has been certified and who completed the National Board application process (as an initial candidate) prior to July 1, 2010.
For any candidate who made their application to NB in 2009 - June 30, 2010, the supplement shall be paid in the year following the year of achieving certification. For example, if a person applied from January 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010 and receives certification in the fall of 2013, their supplement will not begin until the 2014-15 school year.
If an NBCT enters into a renewal cycle (in their 8th or 9th year of certification), they will receive a 2nd ten year salary supplement (at the $7500 level), if the NB process was initially started prior to July 1, 2010. The July 1, 2010 deadline refers to their initial application to NB.
If an NBCT waits until their 9th year of certification to begin the renewal process, they could see a lapse in their NB supplement. NBCTs are encouraged to begin the renewal process in their 8th year of certification.
If a person applies after July 1, 2010, and is certified by the National Board, they will receive a $5000 salary supplement in the year of achieving certification, not to exceed 10 years of the national certificate.
National Board Directory
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® is responsible for maintaining the official National Board Directory. You can access the directory here.
National Board Certified Teachers' Impact in South Carolina
In March 2008, CERRA surveyed more than 2,000 NBCTs who were teaching in South Carolina at the time. This highly anticipated survey affirms what other research says about the impact of National Board Certification and provides facts and figures specific to NBCTs in the Palmetto State. The report was published in March 2010 and can be found here.
CERRA is here to help you become a NBCT
The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement provides on-going candidate support through its statewide system of district liaisons.
The SC National Board proviso limits the number of new National Board candidates eligible for the $5,000 supplement to 900 in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).
Read more information about Candidate Support Workshops.
Contacts at CERRA
Local National Board Summit Recommendation Report
Malia Dunn, a National Board Certified Teacher in Chesterfield County and former member of the CERRA Advisory Board, hosted the state's first-ever Local National Board Summit at Hartsville Middle School on September 29, 2007. NBCTs from surrounding counties attended the summit and generated recommendations pertinent to National Board Certified Teachers at the local level. The full report, released in November 2007, is available for download.