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.)