Teacher Incentive Allotment Frequently Asked Questions

The Teacher Incentive Allotment is an optional part of House Bill 3, passed in 2019, and is intended to provide a pathway for effective educators to earn higher salaries, to attract and keep effective educators, and provide incentives to teach at the most challenging campuses.

It is funded entirely by the State; however, districts are tasked with creating a local designation system to identify high performing educators, based on standards to be released by the TEA. The law requires a system to have two components, teacher observation and student performance, and each district has the discretion to decide the type of rubric used for teacher observation and the measures to be analyzed for student performance along with the option to include additional factors.

Creating a locally developed teacher designation system through the Teacher Incentive Allotment program will open up an opportunity for highly effective Frisco ISD teachers to access extra stipends from the state. 

FISD has formed a task force made up of representatives from every campus and every district department to build the local teacher designation system who have and will continue to engage with stakeholders, including teachers and campus leadership, to solicit feedback and input throughout the process.

Additionally, several FISD campuses are participating in an unpaid pilot of the program in the 2021-22 school year in order to gather data and feedback.

To receive a designation, a teacher must be identified as a top performing teacher per standards to be provided by the TEA. There are three designation levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. The higher the designation, the higher the state stipend.

FISD is in the process of creating a local teacher designation system that will include a measure of student growth, teacher observation, and possibly other components. That system will be used to evaluate whether a teacher earns a designation, and which designation they earn. The TEA, in partnership with Texas Tech University, must confirm the locally created designation system before any designation can be awarded in FISD. .

There is no limit to how many teachers on a campus or in a district can earn a designation. 

TEA standards expect that roughly the top 30% of teachers in the state would earn a designation of at least Recognized, roughly the top 20% would earn an Exemplary designation and roughly the top 5% would earn the Master designation.

The current plan is to have a fully developed designation system by the end of the 2021-22 school year. The earliest the plan could be implemented would be the 2022-23 school year, which would be used to collect the data necessary to award designations. Designations and state stipends would then be awarded in the Spring of 2024.

The approval program for a local designation system through TEA is robust and the development implementation of the system has been extended by one year.

FISD has not finalized the requirements for designation, but per state law, the locally developed teacher designation system must evaluate a combination of student growth, teacher observation, and possibly additional components. 

If a teacher is or becomes Nationally Board Certified, that teacher will automatically be designated beginning in 2020-21. 

FISD will likely not have a program in place until 2022-23, which will serve as the data capture year. Data will be reviewed by TEA, and designations and state stipends will be awarded in the Spring of 2024.

If a teacher decides to pursue a National Board Certification and completes the program during the 2020-21 school year, that teacher will receive the state stipend as early as 2021-22.

The application process can only begin once a designation system is built by a district, and districts are able to begin the application process every April. The application process set up by TEA takes two full years to validate. Originally, Frisco ISD was planning to apply in Spring of 2021 but delayed due to concerns over diverting resources from operating during a pandemic. Frisco ISD now plans to apply in April 2022, which means payout for designated teachers will be in Spring of 2024. 

Per TEA rule, in order to be eligible, a teacher must be coded as 087 (teacher) per the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) description of codes for 90 days at 100% of the day (equivalent to four and one-half months or a full semester) or 180 days required at 50–99% of the day and compensated for that employment. Additionally, the teacher must work directly with students in a way that student growth can be tied back to that work. Because of state law and TEA rule, this excludes librarians, counselors, nurses, paraprofessionals and diagnosticians. 

No. The State stipend is separate from FISD’s compensation plan.

This will not affect the FISD salary schedule in any way. The State stipend is funded by the State, and it will be paid separately.

The State provides funding to districts based on a complex formula that varies depending on campus and distinction level. Based on the formula, teachers who are employed on campuses with greater socioeconomic need will receive larger state stipends. Additionally, the higher the teacher designation, the larger the state stipend. State stipends in Frisco ISD may range from roughly $2,500 up to $15,000. 

The Teacher Incentive Allotment is written into law indefinitely; however, funding is appropriated every two years, when the State Legislature meets. Unless the law is amended to repeal the allotment, funding must be appropriated. 

Districts who already had designation systems in place, such as Dallas ISD and Austin ISD, are easily adopted into the Teacher Incentive Allotment. Other districts are also in the beginning stages of creating their own designation systems. The state has given districts local control in the development of the teacher designation system, so it will likely look different in every district. 

TEA has plans to reimburse teachers/districts for costs associated with National Board Certification beginning in 2020-21, but they have not yet released information on the mechanics and the timelines of such reimbursements.

TIA requires a measurement of student growth, not achievement. Whether a student enters a classroom below, at, or above grade level, there is an opportunity for growth. 

Achievement is a point-in-time measure that evaluates how well students perform against a standard. In contrast, growth is measured by how well students perform against an expected growth score for that particular student.

The type of student growth measure used will depend on the subject. The great majority of courses will use a value-added model (VAM) growth measure based on district-created all available assessment data, including district-created assessments. Any course in which student growth cannot be measured with VAM will utilize pre/post-tests, district-created portfolio rubrics, or SLO’s using the TexasSLO.org model.

The Frisco ISD TIA Task Force is in constant consultation with teachers of all subject areas to ensure that all student growth mechanisms used are as accurate, fair and equitable as possible.

This is something the FISD TIA Task Force is still evaluating. One of the major priorities is to integrate student growth measures into assessments that the district already administers, however, this won’t be possible in every course. The workload may vary from teacher to teacher depending on the nature of the course.

Funds will be dispersed in a lump sum every Spring beginning in 2024.

Human Resources is continually working with all appraisers to ensure calibration between appraisers and campuses.

Designated teachers who move to a Role ID other than 087 will maintain their designation. However, they will not generate annual allotment funding if they are not in a 087 teaching role for that year of service.

Unlike certificates, designations are general. The designation will be placed on the teacher’s SBEC certificate and will not specify a certification area or subject/grade level. A teacher may change teaching assignments and will still generate allotment funding. The same applies to National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).

Teacher designations are valid for five years. Within the five-year period, teachers may be put forth for a higher designation if their performance qualifies them, but they cannot be submitted for a lower designation.

Designated teachers who meet performance standards and district qualifications can be put forth for a new designation in their final year of designation. Once the designation expires, it will be removed from the SBEC certificate (if applicable) and allotment funding will no longer be generated.

While designations are tied to the teacher and not their employing district or campus, allotment funds are awarded to the district where the teacher was employed in late February. The district employing the teacher in February will receive funds for that school year. Districts are not required to forward funds if the teacher resigns or retires before August 31. If a designated teacher moves to a new district or campus between school years, the allotment for the next school year will be recalculated in April based on the new campus’s rural status and level of socioeconomic need.

No. If you earned a designation in another district, your designation will remain on your Texas Educator Certificate until five years have passed from the date you received it. You will receive a state stipend, but it will change based on the demographics of your new campus.

Yes. If a teacher is Nationally Board Certified, they will automatically receive a Recognized designation and will receive a state stipend.

If you already have your National Board Certification, please reach out to Michele Lott at lottm@friscoisd.org so the District is aware and can make sure you receive your automatic state stipend.

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