National Standards program will vary to some degree in every state. I should say
that the process for applying is standardized by the National Board, but that each state
provides various levels of support and encouragement. In Idaho the JA & Katheryn
Albertson Foundation has been instrumental in its financial support.
Ordinarily, National Board Certification will cost $2000. In the
case of Idaho, the Albertson Foundation has partnered with various state universities to
provide a network of facilitators and to pick up the cost of applicants accepted into the
program. This "scholarship" includes financial support for travel to
seminars, teacher work days, video equipment, supplies, and technology.
In Idaho there are out-of-pocket expenses, however. Two
university classes are required in order to participate. These are scheduled for the
fall and spring. The total cost of these graduate level classes is $800. The
fall class is designed to help you with the portfolio; the spring class is intended to
help you prepare for the battery of tests.
Idaho folks can contact the University of Idaho's College of Education for more