The Career Advancement Program (CAP) is a knowledge and skills-based differentiated compensation program that rewards full-time T-Scale staff that demonstrate and document high-quality professional practice and leadership that cultivates student achievement. CAP was approved into policy in April 2007 by the School Board. CAP Local Portfolio supports the goals of the Teacher Excellence Initiative goal of giving Arlington Public Schools an advantage in recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers.
Participation in CAP is voluntary and requires the completion of one, two, or all three portfolio opportunities, designed to challenge and engage T-Scale staff in a rigorous process of enhancing their knowledge and skills through substantive professional development and experiences. Two of the portfolios are locally developed and the third is National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Please read the CAP document for more details on how the program works and eligibility.
CAP National Portfolio Accepted Certifications:
- For Teachers and School Counselors -National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Eligibility for National Board Certification is determined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Click here for information about APS support for National Board Certification (you must be logged in to MyAcces to view).
- School Psychologist – Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
- Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist – Certificate of Clinical Competence
- Occupational Therapist – National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapist – Physical Therapy Specialist Certification in Pediatrics
- Social Worker or Visiting Teacher – Licensed Clinical Social Worker