Report by Dr. Jennifer Garrett
In January 2018, CERRA released a two-page report comparing turnover rates of all SC teachers and those of only National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the state. The report concluded that turnover rates of SC NBCTs were significantly lower than those of all teachers in the state over a five-year period. The table below, which has been updated with the most recent data available, displays a similar trend. It is worth noting that NBCT turnover rates increased slightly in 2017-18 and 2018-19, just as turnover rates rose for all teachers during this time. The difference in turnover rates between the two groups, however, remains evident. Specifically looking at the 2018-19 school year, turnover for all SC teachers was 9% and only 3.6% for NBCTs in the state.
The full report is available on the CERRA website at:
Recognizing that the situation with the pandemic continues to be fluid and candidates are still not able to visit assessment centers, National Board has adjusted the timeline once again.
If you are an initial or renewal candidate and are able to complete your submission by June 12, 2020, you do not need to take any action.
If you are needing to delay submission and/or testing, you now have until May 7, 2020, to submit the COVID-19 exception form. If you have already submitted a form and need to make changes, you may submit a new form as long as you do so prior to May 7, 2020.
Candidates' options include submitting by June 12th, delaying until October, deferring to 2020-21, switching a component or withdrawing.
Please be aware of the following.
You may visit National Board's COVID-19 tab on their website for detailed information or use the links below to access the specific information you need.
BY SUZANNE KOTY
National Board has released its plan for assisting both initial and renewal candidates during this difficult time. Detailed information can be found on their Covid-19 page on their website.
If you are unable to submit as planned this year, you must notify National Board by April 30th using this link.
If you plan to submit this year, no action is needed; the deadline for submission has been extended to June 12, 2020 with the testing window for Component 1 moved to July 15, 2020.
If you are unable to complete the process this year, it is your responsibility to notify the National Board before April 30, 2020. Use the link above to complete their exception form.
Other important information:
Testing capacity for Component 1 of initial certification is being increased.
Deferral options for both initial certification and renewal are being developed.
There is a webinar planned for April 2nd; you may register here.
Registration for next year's certification process will be delayed.
Clarification about the requirements for portfolio submission requirements can be found here.
Earlier today, National Board candidates received a communication from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards regarding their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They realize this a fluid situation and will make another announcement on March 30th, but the following guidelines are now in place for initial and renewal candidates. This is taken directly from their correspondence.
BY SUZANNE KOTY
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) understands that these are uncertain and unprecedented times for teachers. Please see the message below that came directly from the NBPTS.
Is National Board looking into accommodations for candidates or changes to deadlines?
Where can people go for updated information?
Official updates from the National Board will be communicated via email and on our website’s Newsroom, Facebook and Twitter social media channels and on our dedicated COVID-19 update page.
Where can I direct candidates who have questions about their Component One testing (e.g., scheduled date, testing center) or about any other aspects of their candidacy?
You may also reach out to us here at CERRA if you have any questions. While our office building is currently closed, you may still reach us by email.
February 28th is the last day to:
Is it time to renew your National Board certification?
See the renewal calendar below. Begin with the date that you achieved National Board Certification or Certification Renewal. Then find the dates that indicate your renewal window. Beginning in 2020-21, NBCTs will complete Maintenance of Certification (MOC) rather than renewal. More information about MOC will be released soon. Visit www.nbpts.org/national-board-certification/candidate-center/renewal-candidate-resources/ for more information.
Visit our website to learn more about the state of National Board in South Carolina or to register for awareness webinars in order to learn more about the process.
South Carolina Teachers Received Visits from Representatives of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Teachers in two South Carolina districts received special recognition on Thursday, December 19th. Earlier this year the School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, Abbeville County School District, and Florence 5 School District were recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts. More than 30% of the teaching faculty in District 5 are National Board Certified Teachers. NBCTs make up at least 20% of the faculty in the other two districts. This week Sumter School District was also added as an accomplished district after being nominated by the South Carolina National Board Network because of their initiatives to support candidates seeking certification and embedding the Body of Knowledge into the professional development offered to induction teachers.
Two representatives from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards came to South Carolina to personally visit two of the districts. National Board’s Senior Manager Laura Benedetto and Policy Manager Sarah Pinsky along with CERRA staff, Jenna Hallman and Suzanne Koty, a representative from the South Carolina National Board Network, Toni Chewning, and the district’s own National Board liaison, Sara Kearns, visited all of the newly named NBCTS in the District 5. The team visited a total of 9 schools to recognize 17 teachers who just received their scores to discover that they were joining their many colleagues as National Board Certified Teachers. Each teacher received a poster to display in the school that signifies their accomplishment as well as some other goodies from National Board and from the network. The team then travelled over to Sumter where Craig King of the network joined them to recognize all of the NBCTs and candidates in Sumter School District. In addition to their poster and gifts, the district’s superintendent also pinned each newly named NBCT.
Each teacher is congratulated on reaching the most rigorous level of certification a teacher can receive. National Board Certified Teachers make up only 3% of the teaching force nationwide. It is a reflective process that teachers often say changes the way they approach teaching. Congratulations are also extended to each of these deserving districts for recognizing the important role NBCTs play in impacting their organizations and the students they serve.
District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties
Sumter School District
Now you can highlight your NBCT status on Facebook.
Share your accomplishment with others. Let them know that you are an accomplished teacher and that you are doing your best for your students every day. You can add a frame to your profile picture on Facebook to show that you are a National Board Certified Teacher. Help us celebrate the 9,226 National Board Certified Teachers in South Carolina.
Score Release and Team NBCT Week
National Board will release scores to initial candidates on Saturday, December 7th. We certainly wish all SC candidates the best of luck!
Team NBCT week, which is a week to celebrate all National Board Certified Teachers, will be December 9-13, 2019. Listed below are ways you can be involved!
"Why I am Team NBCT" Campaign
National Board is asking NBCTs and supporters to share why they are Team NBCT.
Take a picture of yourself and write a response or record a video response. Be sure to post your responses on social media using #TeamNBCT and #CERRA. Feel free to send your quote, picture, and title to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
edChat for #TeamNBCT Week
In support of #TeamNBCT week, Dr. LaTonya Barnes, NBCT (AL) and Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT (NV) will host a daily edChat. This will be an opportunity to recognize and celebrate new, current, and aspiring NBCTs. The edChat will consist of approximately five questions per day about becoming #NBCTstrong, the impact of becoming and being #NBCTstrong, as well as the professional growth, engagement, and leadership opportunities as NBCTs.
Celebrate New and Renewed NBCTs at Your School
Be creative and think of ways to celebrate the new and renewed NBCTs at your school. Take a picture of your efforts and upload it to social media #TeamNBCT #CERRA #SCNBN.