HISD Teacher Incentive Allotment

About TIA

  • The Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) was created by the Texas Legislature as part of House Bill 3 to provide a realistic pathway for top teachers to earn six-figure salaries and to help attract and retain highly effective teachers at traditionally hard-to-staff schools. The Houston Independent School District has submitted a Letter of Intent to the Texas Education Agency to participate in Cohort F of the Teacher Incentive Allotment. Districts that choose to participate in the Teacher Incentive Allotment must create a local designation system to identify high-performing educators based on standards to be released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

    TIA was established to recognize effective teachers on three different levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. Teachers can earn designations in two ways. First, National Board-Certified teachers are eligible to earn Recognized designation. Second, through a school system’s approved local designations system. These designations are valid for 5 years. Designation can generate annual allotment funding for the employing school system. Each designation starts with the base amount. 

  • Recognized $3-$9K
  • Exemplary $6-$18k
  • Master $12-$32K
  • Allotment funding increases depends on the school’s rural status or socio-economic need, with higher allotment funding generating at rural and high needs campuses. Of these funds received, at least 90 percent of the funds generated must be used on teacher compensation on the campus in which the teacher is designated. The approval process is multi-step and includes the submission of a system application to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and then a data validation process through Texas Tech University.

Teacher Incentive Allotment and HISD

  • HISD is pursuing the Teacher Incentive Allotment to continue supporting students and to provide increased compensation to high-performing educators.

    The Teacher Incentive Allotment will also create the following:
    • Increased student achievement 
    • Support teacher growth 
    • Increase equity of access to the most effective teachers 
    • Use of state dollars to increase teacher salaries 
    • Increase retention of the most effective teachers 
    • Opportunity to strengthen the current evaluation system 

    To effectively roll out the Teacher Incentive Allotment, the district will begin by implementing TIA in some of our lowest-performing campuses in 2023-24 and will equitably expand eligibility over the next few years. A final list of schools that are eligible in the first year will be announced by the end of the 2021-22 school year.

    As we move forward in this process, HISD is committed to utilizing a teacher-focused stakeholder engagement plan to maximize teacher voice throughout the development process.  

    More information about the Teacher Incentive Allotment can be found on the Texas Education Agency Website.

    Please email questions regarding the Teacher Incentive to the HISD TIA Project Team at TIA@HoustonISD.org.