The cost-effectiveness of NBPTS teacher certification

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A cost-effectiveness analysis of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) program suggests that Board certification is less cost-effective than a range of alternative approaches for raising student achievement, including comprehensive school reform, class size reduction, a 10% increase in per pupil expenditure, the use of value-added statistical methods to identify effective teachers, and the implementation of systems where student performance in math and reading is rapidly assessed 2-5 times per week. The most cost-effective approach, rapid assessment, is three magnitudes as cost-effective as Board certification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-241
Number of pages22
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Achievement
  • Assessment
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Economics of education
  • Teacher certification


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