National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® (NBPTS) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nongovernmental organization formed in 1987 to improve the quality of teaching and learning through the development of professional standards. NBPTS created a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards to integrate them into educational reform efforts. Visit the NBPTS website to read more about the mission, available certificate programs, and requirements.

Recognition of National Board Certified Teachers in Idaho

Idaho Code §33-1004E recognizes National Board Certificated Idaho teachers with a stipend.
IDAPA allows Idaho teachers to add endorsements by earning National Board Certification in the specific content area.

Eligibility for Stipend Incentive

NBPTS program completers who receive their NBPTS certification in November/December become eligible for the stipend July 1st and receive the first payment in February or March of the next year. For example, if you receive the NBPTS certification in December 2014,  you will become eligible for the stipend July 1, 2015, and will receive the first payment in February or March of 2016.  You will continue to receive this stipend at the same time each year for five (5) years, as long as you continue to teach in one of Idaho's public school districts.

It is your responsibility to notify the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) when changing districts or if you are changing to an assignment that is eligible for the stipend. Only individuals who have a teacher contract are eligible to receive the $2,000 stipend. For example, you are a nationally board certified teacher and you move into an administrative position, you are no longer eligible to receive the stipend. It is your responsibility to notify SDE if you enter back into the classroom to ensure allocation of the funds.

Process to Obtain the Idaho Stipend Incentive

You must take the NBPTS certificate to a notary public. You need to request the notary make a copy of the certificate and notarize it as a true and exact copy of the original.

The copy will be placed in your certification file and will serve as verification of eligibility to receive the stipend. The funds for stipends will be sent directly to school districts and/or charter schools and will be disbursed through their payroll process.