Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The National Board Certification for Teachers is a Bunch of Garbage to Begin With,

but the good ole Gates Foundation is going to tinker with it as well.

Lots and lots of mediocre teachers get the "prestigious" certification, created in response to the fraudulent A Nation at Risk, while many great teachers fail.

If teachers want to further their skills, they should go for a master's or doctorate and not waste money on this ridiculous certificate.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced last week that it would decrease the credential’s price tag by $600, give teachers more flexibility in completing the required assessments, and integrate new information into the certification process, including student surveys and measures of students’ academic progress.

Fueled in part by a $3.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the changes are meant to respond to a decade of new teacher-quality research and to address barriers to board certification. (The Gates Foundation also helps support coverage of business and K-12 innovation in Education Week.)

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