FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HB 3 established the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) to recognize effective teachers on three different levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. These teacher designations generate additional teacher-focused allotment funding for districts in order for them to reward their top performers.
Eligible teachers may earn up to an additional $26,000.
To qualify for TIA funds, a teacher must qualify for a TIA designation.
Teachers may earn designations through two different routes. First, National Board Certified teachers are eligible to earn a Recognized designation. Second, districts may designate their effective teachers when they are approved for a local teacher designation system. 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.
Anyone who is coded as a classroom teacher in PEIMS is eligible for a TIA Designation. However, which teachers are considered for the program is dependent on each district and the categories or criteria the district chooses to include in its Designation System.
The TEA requires that:
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.
TIA Designations are good for 5 years, at which time teachers who meet eligibility for renewal can be automatically submitted by the district for consideration by the state.
Teachers earning a TIA Designation of Recognized, Exemplary or Master will receive their designated stipend for 5 years. Their designation moves with the teacher from campus to campus or to another district should they move campuses or districts until that 5-year period expires.
If a teacher were to receive another designation during their 5-year period, their clock would essentially reset and start a new 5-year countdown of eligibility to receive their TIA allotment.
Yes. You can move up levels within the TIA Designation System during your 5 years after receiving a designation. You are not "stuck" at your level of Recognized or Exemplary.
Should you receive an evaluation that would qualify you for a higher level within the system, you would then be re-designated at that higher level for 5 years.
Teachers also will not move down a level if they receive a "lower" designation according to the TIA Designation System. They would still receive their larger allotment for the remainder of their 5-year clock from their previous designation.
The work we are undertaking to secure TIA funding for the district is a multi-year process. TIA Texas established a rolling application process, whereby districts can apply in one of the cohorts. Center ISD, along with a majority of districts across the state, is applying in Cohort E. Below is a visual representation of the timeline.
System Application Posted
System Application due toTEA
System Application Result Final Notification
Data Review to Texas Tech University
Final Approval Notification
Late February 2024
Final Designation and Allotment Notification
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program
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