Washington State National Board Certification - Teacher Bonus
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NBCT Bonus Information Form

Teacher Bonus

Washington offers a bonus to all eligible K-12 public school NBCTs. Eligibility requirements can be found in WAC 392-140-973.

Both the NBCT “base” bonus and the “challenging schools” bonus remain intact in the 2015-2016 Washington State budget.

  • Teachers who hold a valid certificate from NBPTS for the entire duration of the 2015-2016 school year will receive an annual bonus of $5,151.
  • Teachers who attain a valid certificate from NBPTS during the 2015-2016 school year will receive 60% of the annual bonus of $5,151 for a total of $3,090.60.
  • Teachers in qualifying challenging schools will receive an additional bonus up to $5,000. This additional bonus is based on the teacher’s percentage of time spent at the qualifying challenging school. WAC 392-140-973(3) provides additional guidance on eligibility criteria.

Bonus Eligibility, Appeals and Apportionment (Word)
More information is available in OSPI Bulletin 007-16: 2015-16 NBPTS Standards Certification and Challenging Schools Bonuses.

NBCT Bonus Information Form (PDF)
Complete the form for EACH school that you have a teaching assignment with and return it to your Human Resources office. If you have any questions please direct them to those within your HR office.

A list of schools designated as "challenging" for the National Board bonus.

Bonus Changes
Effective beginning with the 2010 – 2011 school year

  • Principals and vice principals who hold a valid certificate from the National Board are no longer eligible to receive a bonus.

Effective beginning with the 2011 – 2012 school year

  • Teachers who attain a valid certificate during the current school year will receive sixty percent of the annual bonus of $5,090 for a total of $3,054 to be paid in a lump sum amount. This is for the first year of the bonus only; and newly certified NBCTs will receive the full bonus amount in subsequent years.
  • Newly certified NBCTs will receive sixty percent of the challenging school bonus (if eligible) for an amount up to $3,000 for the first year only.
  • OSPI shall pay bonuses to districts in the July apportionment of each given year. Districts are required to make all payments to eligible NBCTs no later than their September payroll.





   Updated 2/9/2016

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