National Board Certified Teacher Patrick Ledesma, who is chair of his middle school's special-education department, was encouraged by Education Secretary Arne Duncan's written response to questions from a special-education group. Duncan mentioned using multiple measures for assessing teacher performance, particularly for those who work with students who have special needs. Ledesma suggests that the certification process for NBCTs could provide helpful data and serve as a model for the creation of such a system.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards encourages school districts to give leadership roles to National Board Certified Teachers, according to Joseph Aguerrebere, president of the organization. About 82,000 teachers are certified nationwide. "Our focus is expanding from individuals achieving national board certification to a systemic movement that changes the culture of classrooms, schools and districts by leveraging [certified teachers] to build human capital, especially in high-need schools," Aguerrebere said.
A state committee in South Carolina, which ranks third nationally in the number of National Board Certified Teachers, has said that that a $7,500
annual bonus given to teachers who earn the distinction could be cut for future NBCTs as the state faces a budget shortfall. The state has about 6,500 NBPTS certified teachers, and some said that eliminating the bonuses would affect teacher recruitment and retention.