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Important: Information regarding Washington state certification renewal for NBCT candidates >>>

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced a revised certification process beginning in 2014-15. There are many details to be worked out by NBPTS. OSPI will continue to update you as information becomes available.


What won’t change?
NBCT Bonus – Washington’s budget language for paying the NBCT bonus and the challenging schools bonus remains intact, providing there are no legislative changes.

Conditional Loans – OSPI will be offering $1,425 conditional loans. The loan application will be available in Fall 2014. More information.

WA State Certification – The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) updated the renewal options for teachers and counselors who are currently enrolled or will enroll in the National Board Certification process. More information. As always, it is a teacher’s responsibility to maintain their WA state teaching certificate. We encourage all candidates to check the expiration date of their current teaching certificate and if revisions to the NB certification process will affect potential plans to maintaining their WA teaching certificate.  

Timeline for Revisions to the National Board Certification Process
In 2014, NBPTS will begin rolling out changes to the certification process, with the first two components expected in the 2014-15 school year.

Revision Timeline by Cycle

Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

Field test of assessment revisions

Component 1: Assessment Center

Component 3: Video Portfolio

Component 4: Impact and Accomplishments Portfolio


National Board First-Time Candidates

Take current assessment

Take revised assessment: Components 1 and 2 available (except CTE)

Take revised assessment: Components 1, 2, & 3 available (including CTE)

Take revised assessment: All components available

Retakes under the current process

For 2011-12 retake & 2012-13 first-time retake candidates

For 2012-13 retake & 2013-14 first-time retake candidates

For 2013-14 retake candidates


Retakes under the revised process



For 2014-15 first-time retake candidates

For 2014-15 retake & 2015-16 first-time retake candidates

Take One!

Available (but not bankable)





Current assessment

Current assessment

Current assessment

Proposed new assessment

National Board 3.0 Field Testing
NBPTS is seeking PreK-12 teachers, both NBCTs and those who are not Board-certified, to voluntarily participate in the field tests for the components of the revised NBPTS process. Field testing will occur over the next couple of years, starting first in 2014 with a focus on the Content Knowledge component. The NBPTS website has recently been updated to reflect new information, including a link to the field test application.

Will the process change for current candidates?
No. The process will not change for candidates who submit a portfolio during the 2013-14 school year, including the retake cycle. If you are a first-year or second0year retake candidate in 2014-15, you will continue under the current NB 2.0 process.


Questions about the National Board certification process, technical questions about withdrawing or switching candidacy:
NBPTS Customer Support

Questions regarding state policy, conditional loan funding:
OSPI National Board Office
carrie.dubuque@k12.wa.us or jeanne.harmon@k12.wa.us

Questions regarding WA state teaching certificates:
WA State Certification Office
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   Updated 6/23/2015

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