Teacher Training Reimbursement

Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program – 2017 Teacher Training Reimbursement  

 

The Texas Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Program recognizes and rewards students, teachers, and schools that demonstrate success in achieving the educational goals of the state. As part this program and funds allocated by the 84th Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 1, General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 49, TEA will administer the Teacher Training Reimbursement (TTR) program for approved educator trainings that took place during the 2016-2017 school year. TEA will reimburse districts in an amount up to $400 for each approved AP/IB or Pre-AP/IB teacher training (one time per educator) to prepare them for instruction in the 2017-2018 school year. 

If the number of eligible applicants for TTR exceeds the available funds, TEA may reimburse less than $400 per applicant. 

Eligible Trainings: Trainings must have occurred between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 in order to be eligible for 2016-2017 TTR. Additionally, trainings must have been offerred by an approved provider and must be targeted for AP, IB, Pre-AP, and/or Pre-IB/MYP instruction. Approved training providers for the 2016-2017 TTR include: 

  • A College Board endorsed pre-AP or AP institute of 24 hours or longer
  • An IB training of at least 15 hours or longer for candidate or authorized IB schools
  • A 24-hour science, math or English training provided by the National Math and Science Initiative (formerly Laying the Foundation)
  • Springboard Training
  • Confer Mentoring Program® 30-hour subject-specific trainings

Eligible Applicants: This program is only eligible for teachers in Texas public schools. In order to be eligible for 2016-2017 TTR, the applicant must have attended an eligible training and must be teaching an AP, IB, Pre-AP, or Pre-IB/MYP course in the 2017-2018 school year. Counselors, librarians, administrators, facilitators, and coordinators are not eligible for TTR. In addition, teachers are only eligible to receive reimbursement every other school year. Therefore, teachers who received a TTR for training taken in the 2015-2016 school year are not eligible for the 2016-2017 TTR.

How to Apply: Applications must be sent from a campus or district AP/IB coordinator, not from individual teachers. Local education agencies (LEAs) may follow their own procedures for gathering information from eligible applicants. Eligible teachers should communicate with their campus and district leadership to complete an application. The application can be downloaded here: 

2017 Teacher Training Reimbursement Application

    • TTR applications must be submitted through Accellion, a secure file transfer protocol. For more information on submitting an email through Accellion, please visit Send files securely to TEA.
    • The email must come from the email address of the responsible party - the campus principal, coordinator or the superintendent-appointed district coordinator. The responsible party is responsible for all information in the application.
    • The body of the email must contain the following statement of certification:
      • I, [name], [title], for [campus or district name] have verified the information submitted to the Texas Education Agency via this email and attached document and certify its truth and accuracy.
    • Do not mail or fax the information. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender.

Information Needed: The application will require the following for each campus or district:

  • A designated AP/IB contact person for each LEA submitting an application. This person will be responsible for corresponding with TEA regarding the application and payment.
  • An accounting/budget representative from each LEA who will be responsible for ensuring the TTR funds are received and correspond with TEA on direct deposit issues, if needed.
  • The district name and county district number (CDN) which will receive the TTR funds.
  • The campus name and county district campus number (CDCN) where each eligible teacher will be teaching in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Each eligible teacher’s name and TEA-assigned Unique Identification Number (Unique ID). If teachers’ Unique IDs are not known, LEAs must coordinate with their district’s PEIMS Coordinator to determine the correct Unique IDs.
  • The type of course (i.e., Pre-AP, Pre-IB/MYP, IB, AP) and course name (e.g., AP Biology) that will be taught by each eligible teacher in the 2017-2018 school year.*
  • The name of the training provider (e.g., AP Summer Institute, Texas IB Schools) and name of the training course (e.g., AP Summer Institute in Biology for New Teachers) taken by each eligible teacher.
  • The total cost of tuition for each training. This should only reflect the cost of tuition and should not include costs related to travel or meals/lodging. 
  • Campuses/districts are not required to submit a copy of each teacher's certificate of training completion to TEA. However, copies of training certificates should be kept on file at the campus/district.

*Pre-AP and Pre-IB courses must be approved by the local district as courses that are offered in grades 6-12, go beyond the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in depth and complexity, are appropriately rigorous to prepare students to be successful in AP and/or IB courses, and are a part of a vertically aligned series of courses that ends with a specific approved AP/IB course.

Application Due Date: Applications must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. (central) Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.  Applications must be emailed to AP-IB@tea.texas.gov through Accellion, a secure file transfer system. For more information on submitting the application through Accellion, see the "How to Apply" section of this webpage.

If your school district was affected by Hurricane Harvey and you will not be able to meet this deadline, please contact Lauren Dwiggins at AP-IB@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-8864.

How to Expect Payment: TTR funds will be dispersed through a direct deposit to each LEA. LEAs are responsible for determining how the funds are allocated after receipt. An email will be sent by TEA prior to the direct deposit indicating each approved teacher’s name and TTR amount, as well as the total amount each LEA will be receiving. The email will be sent to the AP/IB contact, accounting/budget contact, and superintendent contact, as designated on the application.

How Much Payment to Receive: TEA will reimburse up to $400 for each eligible teacher’s training tuition and will not reimburse costs associated with food, lodging, or travel. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available funds, TEA may reimburse less than $400 per teacher.

When to Expect Payment: LEAs should expect payment by December 2017.

TEA is committed to providing incentives for teachers to attend trainings for the improvement of AP and IB course instruction. For information or assistance, please contact Lauren Dwiggins at 512-463-8864 or AP-IB@tea.texas.gov

Additional Guidelines for Teacher Training Reimbursements

In accordance with TEC §28.053(d) (1)-(3)(e-f)) and TAC §74.26, funding priority for teacher training reimbursements will be given to:

  1. Public school campuses that do not offer AP or IB courses.
  2. Eligible teachers at campuses that offer new AP/IB programs in the 2016-2017 school year, including IB candidate schools.

    Any remaining TTR funds will be distributed evenly among all remaining eligible teachers. Please note that the amount of the reimbursement for this priority will not be known until all reimbursement applications have been received and approved. The 2017 TTR will not exceed $400 per eligible teacher. 

    A teacher may receive the TTR once every two years. For example, if a teacher who received a reimbursement for 2016 TTR is not eligible for 2017 TTR.

    The application process will begin in September of each school year.