HISD Teacher Incentive Allotment

Campus Eligibility

  • 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.

Teacher Eligibility

  • 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. 

    To be eligible to receive a designation, a teacher must be on an eligible campus and meet the following criteria: 

    • Hold an eligible certificate (Standard, Professional, and Provisional). 
    • Have a valid SBEC certificate 
      • Classroom Teacher (Chapter 233) 
      • Reading Specialist (Chapter 239) 
      • Legacy Master Teacher 
    • Be coded as 087 (Teacher) in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and compensated as a teacher 
      • Must be coded as a teacher for 100% of the instructional day for at least 90 days OR 
      • Must be coded as a teacher for 50-99% of the instructional day for at least 180 days 
    • National Board-Certified Teachers will automatically receive a Recognized Designation. 

Designation Criteria

  • The Texas Education Agency requires the designation system to contain teacher observations and student growth measures but may also contain optional criteria such as student perception surveys or leadership roles. 

    State Required Criteria
    55% of students meet or exceed expected growth 60% of students meet or exceed expected growth 70% of students meet or exceed expected growth
    67th percentile in Teacher Observations 80th percentile in Teacher Observations 95th percentile in Teacher Observations
    Optional Criteria

    Student Surveys

    Parent Surveys

    Sponsor of Clubs/Orgs

    Tutorials or Other Extra Duties

    Additional Certifications

    Peer Mentorship

Implementation Timeline
Below is the implementation timeline for the HISD Local Designation System (LDS)
2022-2023: Design & Pilot Year

The district designs the Local Designation System (LDS) to gather input for the final design of the system.

2022-2023 Design & Pilot Year

The LDS is rolled out to eligible teachers at Phase 1 Schools. This year also serves as the data capture year.

2023-2024 Early Implementation and Data Capture

The LDS is rolled out to eligible teachers at select campus. This also serves as the data capture year.

2024-2025 Expanded Teacher Eligibility

In future years, all qualifying HISD teachers should be eligible for TIA.


  • TEA Website

    Please see the TEA website for additional information regarding TIA funding allocations.