HB 3 IN 30: TEACHER INCENTIVE ALLOTMENT
PATHWAY TO A SIX-FIGURE SALARY
House Bill 3 (HB 3), passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June of 2019, established a Teacher Incentive Allotment with a stated goal of a six-figure salary for teachers who prioritize teaching in high needs areas and rural district campuses.
Region 6 ESC provides services related to the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) in the following areas:
- General Application Support
- Teacher Observation and Appraisal
- Student Growth Measures
- Data Analysis
- Human Capital and Compensation
- Change Management/Communication
Districts have the option to locally develop or identify a system for designating high-performing teachers as Recognized, Exemplary, or Master. Districts that employ teachers with designations can receive up to $32,000 per year in TIA funding per designated teacher.
Designations are added to a teacher’s SBEC certificate and are valid for five years. If a teacher moves to a new district, the allotment funding follows the teacher to the new district regardless of whether the new district has an approved designation system in place.
Teachers with National Board Certification may be eligible to earn an automatic Recognized designation regardless of whether the district in which the teacher works is participating in TIA.
COHORT A PARTICIPATING DISTRICTS:
GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
House Bill 3 provides districts with local control and flexibility in choosing how to evaluate teachers and assign designations. Developing a local teacher designation system requires significant planning, robust stakeholder engagement, adequate time to prepare all necessary materials for rollout, and a strong communication plan prior to the first implementation year.
The Texas Education Agency can provide technical assistance with change management; evaluation of teacher appraisal and student performance; and human capital and compensation strategies. However, TEA will not develop a local designation system for districts and the state will not designate individual teachers.
Districts do have the opportunity to set aside 10 percent of the funds they draw from the Teacher Incentive Allotment to potentially work with external partners that could help them implement or strengthen their teacher designation systems.
DESIGNATION SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
At minimum, the designation system must include both a teacher observation and a student performance component:
The systems must be submitted to TEA for approval and undergo a data-validation process, which will be conducted by Texas Tech University. As part of the validation process, Texas Tech will:
TEA requires a data-processing fee for each teacher designation. Once the district’s local designation system is approved, these districts will receive a reimbursement for these fees and any other application fees. The state will conduct periodic evaluations of the district system to ensure system fidelity remains intact over the course of time.
What is National Board Certification?
National Board Certification is a voluntary advanced professional certification for PreK-12 educators that identifies teaching expertise through a performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment. Teachers are certified based on standards set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). More than 125,000 teachers across all 50 states have achieved National Board Certification.
National Board Certification provides teachers an opportunity to hone their practice, demonstrate their professional knowledge, and reinforce their dedication to their students and their career. National Board Certification opens doors for teachers to make an impact on student learning in their own classroom, and to influence teaching and learning improvements beyond their four walls. The State of Texas and several districts across the state offer financial benefits for board-certified teachers.
The certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practice, and on average takes 1-3 years to complete. To become a Board-certified teacher, eligible candidates must demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and practice in their individual certificate area by completing four components: three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment. The content knowledge component is a computer-based assessment taken at a testing center; the other three are portfolio-based and are submitted through an electronic portfolio system.
CATEGORIES FOR BOARD CERTIFICATION:
Certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.
To be eligible for certification, teachers must meet the following education, employment, and licensure requirements prior to starting the certification process:
For more information about the National Board and the process for achieving certification, you can visit www.nbpts.org, or visit the Texas page directly at www.nbpts.org/texas. They can be contacted via email as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
To implement the Teacher Incentive Allotment, House Bill 3 also requires the setting of “performance and validity standards” to ensure that the identification of highly effective teachers under the three designation categories – Master, Exemplary, and Recognized – yield reliable and comparable results across the state. When released, applicants will be expected to use performance standards along with district teacher observation and student performance standards to determine which teachers qualify for designations. Part of the data validation process will include a review of the accuracy of how district systems align their designations to the statewide performance standards.
In addition to all Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools are eligible to receive TIA funding and develop local systems for designating teachers. Only teachers with an SBEC certification are eligible to earn a designation. Teachers with intern or probationary certificates are not eligible.
Designated teachers who work on rural campuses will generate greater allotments. Campuses are designated as rural if they meet one or more of the following definitions:
Application Student Growth Information: