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Employment Requirements

To be eligible to serve as a member of the National Board scoring staff, you must meet the education, employment, and licensure requirements described below. You must meet all eligibility requirements prior to starting the application process.

Note: the below requirements are applicable to all scoring staff roles: Assessor, Supervisor, and Trainer. This application is meant to serve as expressing your interest in all roles.


Scoring staff work in an office environment, evaluating candidate responses to portfolio or assessment center exercises according to National Board standards within the ePEN electronic scoring system. Training will enable scoring staff to use the National Board score scale rubrics, benchmarks and other tools. Scoring staff will also be trained to identify biases and preferences including self-examination and awareness of both.

Eligibility Requirements (applicants must meet all of the following):

Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

An accredited institution is defined as one that is authorized or accepted by a state as fulfilling the state’s educational requirement for initial teaching certificate or school counseling licensure.

A teacher or school counselor with a degree awarded by an institution outside the United States must submit proof that the degree is equivalent to a baccalaureate.

Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license

If teaching where a license is not required, must have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state (proof of such will be required).

License must have been unencumbered (e.g., not suspended or revoked) while employed as a teacher or school counselor.

License must only be valid, endorsement areas/grades have no bearing on project placement.

Completed three years of full-time teaching or school counseling

Three years of employment experience must have been completed prior to submitting your application and must have taken place in a Pre-K through 12th grade setting.

Employment must have occurred in one or more facilities located within the United States or at an institution accredited by one of 17 agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Time spent in an administrative position, as a student teacher or teacher's assistant, or in a post-secondary position does not count towards the teaching or counseling prerequisite.

Teaching or counseling part-time does meet the above requirement provided that the employment history is equivalent to three years of full-time teaching.

Substitute teachers may count time spent in long-term assignments towards the three years; substitute teaching that consisted of short-term or on-call assignments does not accrue towards the three years.

Not be a current or non-achieving candidate for National Board Certification

Current candidates are not eligible to serve as members of the scoring staff while in the process of pursuing National Board Certification.

Non-achieving candidates are eligible to serve provided they moved on to successfully become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

Experience Requirements (applicants must meet one of the following):

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs):

You must hold a valid and unexpired certificate as an NBCT in the certificate area in which you are applying to assess.

New Applicant:

You must be working (or have worked) at least half-time during the current academic school year in the certificate area you are applying to assess. 

Returning/Experienced Applicant:

You must be working (or have worked) at least half-time during the current academic school year in the certificate area you are applying to assess.

Must have successfully completed service as a member of the National Board scoring staff.

Retired or Reassigned Teacher:

You must have previously successfully served as a member of the National Board scoring staff within the past three years.

Must be within a three-year window of having worked as a Pre-K through 12th grade classroom teacher in the certificate area you are applying to assess.

Must have at least three years of experience in the certificate area you are applying to assess.

Other Requirements (applicants must meet all of the following):

Strong basic computer knowledge.

Confidence in learning and working with computer based programming.

Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time - this project follows a standard 8-hour work day.

Additional Considerations:

Currently working NBCTs who are applying to assess in a certificate area that differs from the one in which they hold National Board Certification would need to qualify in one of the other applicant categories.

Renewal project participants must be a current NBCT in the corresponding certificate area.

Half-time teaching or counseling is defined as teaching/counseling (1) part time, a minimum of 3.5 hours per day* for school's entire academic calendar year OR (2) full-time for at least half of the school's academic calendar year, a minimum of 90 days.*

*Above minimums are based on average length of school year in days (180) and average length of school day in hours  (7).