HISD Teacher Incentive Allotment
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 TIA standards.
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.
Allotment funding depends on a campus’ level of need, with more funding going to rural and high needs campuses. At least 90 percent of the funds generated through TIA must go towards teacher compensation at the designated teacher’s campus. 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 do the following:
- Increase student achievement
- Support teacher growth
- Increase equity of access to effective teachers
- Use state dollars to increase teacher salaries
- Increase retention of effective teachers
- Strengthen HISD’s teacher evaluation system”
HISD announced its intention to apply for TIA in Spring 2021, and over the course of the 2021-22 school year engaged in a design process that involved key stakeholders in making recommendations and decisions about the district’s planned local designation system. This process included the participation of two committees - one made up of HISD teachers selected through a rigorous application process, and another of principals and administrators - who reviewed relevant design decisions and made recommendations that were subsequently brought to executive leadership. HISD plans to submit its TIA application to the TEA as part of Cohort F in April 2022, with initial implementation at select campuses beginning in Fall 2024.
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.