Although many a disgusted candidate has opined that NBPTS stands not for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, but for “NoBody Passes This S*&t!”, I found out last Friday that I am officially a National Board Certified teacher.
I wrote on this blog a couple of times about the NBPTS process last March, here about the process itself, here while in the weeds and desperately racing to finish my portfolio, and here about my conviction that I did not pass.
I am not being disingenuous when I say that was truly shocked when I checked my scores last Friday and found that I had certified. My administration, which thankfully thinks highly of me, professed not to be at all surprised, but I spent my Thanksgiving holiday feeling very thankful for having achieved. The “passing” score to certify is a combined point total of 275 from the ten different elements (four portfolio entries and six tests). I didn’t hurdle that bar by much, and I am downright ashamed at my scores on some elements, but a few very solid scores were enough to swing the day for me.
The benefits to being an NBCT are nice, I get letters after my name if I want to use them (Mrs. B, NBCT), I get a decent little bump on the North Carolina teaching pay scale (especially welcome since my wages have been frozen for the last two years), and most states offer a lot of shortcuts to NBCTs in transferring teacher licensure.
All of that aside, doing the NBPTS process has probably been the best reflective (as opposed to content based) professional development I have done since I left the corps and I am very glad I undertook the process. If anyone out there in the TFA blog-overse has questions about the process I would be happy to answer them!
Mrs. B, NBCT