Washington offers a bonus to all eligible K-12 public school NBCTs. Eligibility requirements can be found in
Both the NBCT "base" bonus and the "Challenging Schools" bonus remain intact in the 2018-2019 Washington State budget.
- Teachers who hold a valid certificate from National Boards for the
entire duration of the 2018-2019 school year will receive an annual bonus of $5,397.
- Teachers who attain a valid certificate from National Boards during the 2018-2019 school year will receive 60% of the annual bonus of $5,397 for a total of $3,238.20.
- Teachers in qualifying "Challenging Schools" will receive an additional bonus up to $5,000. This additional bonus is based on the teacher's percentage of time spent at the qualifying challenging school. WAC 392-140-973(3) provides additional guidance on eligibility criteria.
Bonus Eligibility, Appeals and Apportionment
OSPI compiles the list of bonus-eligible NBCT each year after score release to
include those newly certified and those identified on district personnel
reporting (October 1 snapshot). Districts are notified of individual NBCT bonus
totals, plus the employer’s portion of mandatory benefits, in the spring. Send
any necessary manual adjustments to OSPI. Districts must pay the full lump sum
bonus to eligible NBCTs between the July apportionment and August 31.
A list of schools designated as "challenging" for the National Board bonus:
- 2018-2019 List of Challenging Schools (Excel)
- 2017-2018 List of Challenging Schools (Excel)
- 2016-2017 List of Challenging Schools (Excel)
- 2015-2016 List of Challenging Schools (Excel)
Effective beginning with the 2010-2011 school year
- Principals and vice principals who hold a valid certificate from the National Board are no longer eligible to receive a bonus
Effective beginning with the 2011-2012 school year
- Teachers who attain a valid certificate during the current school year will receive sixty percent of the annual bonus to be paid in a lump sum amount. This is for the first year of the bonus only; and newly certified NBCTs will receive the full bonus amount in subsequent years
- Newly certified NBCTs will receive sixty percent of the challenging school bonus (if eligible) for an amount up to $3,000 for the first year only
- OSPI shall pay bonuses to districts in the July apportionment of each given year. Districts are required to make all payments to eligible NBCTs no later than their September payroll
Effective beginning with the 2017-2018 school year
- OSPI will review the reported free and reduced price lunch thresholds at schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) two years prior to CEP participation. NBCTs at schools that meet the required threshold in either two years to be considered “Challenging Schools” will be eligible for the “Challenging Schools” bonus.