In 2010, the 12 states with independent professional educator standards boards joined together to form the Professional Educator Standards Boards Association (PESBA) under the auspices of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
PESBA is a special committee of NASDTEC and plays an important role on the NASDTEC Executive Board. The first meeting of PESBA was held during the annual NASDTEC Conference which took place in Indianapolis during June of 2010. PESBA has been formed to foster communication among the standards boards, establish a national presence on behalf of professional educators and provide information and support to jurisdictions seeking to establish independent standards boards.
The formation of the organization was the result of a 2009 survey and subsequent report conducted by NASDTEC that gathered information about standards boards in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey found that thirteen states, at that time, had independent standards boards. Since then, one state has abolished that board’s independence. These standards boards regulate all or some portion of the education profession related to licensure, preparation program standards and approval, and issue discipline against educators’ licenses. All or some of these actions, standards and regulations are independent of the state’s board of education. A more recent edition of the 2009 report will be published in early 2017.
States with independent standards boards currently include California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The independent standards boards collectively license over 700,000 educators and approve over 800 educator preparation programs.
(Updated November 2016)