The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) celebrates the National Board Class of 2020 and the 164 new Illinois National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who achieved certification per the February 27 score release, as well as the 137 Illinois teachers who renewed their National Board certification.
Due to the impact of the pandemic on communities, schools and the teaching profession, the National Board provided all candidates an opportunity to extend their submission deadline to October 16, 2020, or defer their candidacy until spring 2021. These changes led to the need to have multiple score releases for candidates in this cycle.
These teachers join a growing community of board-certified teachers—now more than 6,800 strong in Illinois and 128,000 strong across the 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, which demonstrated their proven impact on student learning and achievement.
“Our work at the National Board is based on the belief that every child deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. When accomplished practice becomes the norm, the advantage will be significant, spreading beyond students and teachers to be felt by their communities, employers and society-at-large,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
In addition to the new NBCTs, hundreds of teachers are currently pursuing board certification in Illinois and over 20,000 nationally. An increasing number of states and districts support growing the number of board-certified teachers because of the impact they see on teachers and students.