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Document Number: 5548

NBPTS Certification: Who Applies and What Factors Are Associated with Success? - This report examines data on North Carolina teachers who applied for certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to determine the characteristics of those who applied for, and those who earned, certification. Applicants tended to be young, women, African American and score higher on standardized tests. Successful candidates tended to be women, score higher on standardized tests and have obtained a master's degree. African Americans accounted for 13% of the applicant pool but only 4% of successful applicants. Schools with more prior successful candidates also were more likely to have teachers apply for certification. Low-income, low-performing and predominately minority districts were less likely to have NBPTS certified teachers. (Dan Goldhaber, David Perry and Emily Anthony, Urban Institute, May 2003)...

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