House Bill 3, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June 2019, established an optional Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA).
The Teacher Incentive Allotment is a program meant to provide incentive pay for teachers, allowing districts to retain effective educators in the classroom.
In April 2021, HCISD applied for the Teacher Incentive Allotment. By August 2021, they received word that they were approved to be a TIA district.
“Getting approved for the Teacher Incentive Allotment is a huge celebration for HCISD,” Superintendent Dr. Alicia Noyola said. “For years, we have wanted to be able to provide some kind of bonus pay plan for educators, and this is it. It is such a great opportunity to elevate the teaching profession.”
The TIA will be based on performance. There are three designations that educators can receive: recognized, exemplary, and master. Educators can take two routes to earn designations. They can become National Board certified to earn the recognized title, or they can participate through the local teacher designation system and earn a designation based on leadership, classroom observation, and student growth.
A teacher who earns a designation through one of these two routes, qualifies to receive an incentive amount for five years, and is TRS eligible.
Incentive amounts will vary from district to district and at each participating campus based on student demographics. TEA will recalculate the incentive pay every April. At HCISD, incentive amounts vary from $6,000 to $23,000.
“The Teacher Incentive Allotment is a dream come true,” Board President Gerry Fleuriet said. “What an exciting opportunity for our educators! This incentive pay compensates our teachers for their hard work and ensures that our students are learning from the best teachers. House bill 3 has brought many positive changes that are making an impact on the future of public education and our entire community.”
The approval process is multi-step and includes the submission of a system application to the Texas Education Agency and then a data validation process through Texas Tech University.
The upcoming school year will serve as the district’s data capture year. From August 2021 to May 2022, the district will collect data to prove eligibility. At the end of the year, all TIA data will be submitted to TEA and Texas Tech for review. Once information is verified, teachers will receive their incentive pay. The first TIA payment will take place in 2023.