Value for Schools


National Board Certification and Leadership: Carol Skiba, NBCT

Schools with many National Board Certified Teachers have strong professional communities, focused on leadership, learning, and collaboration. The culture of the school benefits from the common language of the National Board Standards, which centers discussions on professional practice and student learning. These schools are characterized by higher rates of teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement.

The presence of NBCTs also demonstrates the school’s commitment to excellence to students, parents, school boards, school districts and others. With increasing evidence about the positive impact of National Board Certification on student achievement, schools benefit by having NBCTs in their classrooms.

Understand Fees

  • Many states and local school districts have recognized the value of National Board Certification by offering salary increases, bonuses, or other incentives to educators who become NBCTs. There are also some state and local funds available to help cover the cost of National Board Certification. Before you register, contact your state or local program administrator to see what incentives and funding are available in your area. The In Your State page has an interactive map you can use to learn more about available supports and incentives.
  • Candidates have the option to pay for and submit each component separately. There is a $75 nonrefundable and nontransferable, annual registration fee. In addition to the $75 annual registration fee, each of the four assessment components costs $475 (total cost of components is $1,900). Any retake attempts are an additional fee.