Texas AP/IB Teacher Training Incentive

The Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program (AP/IB), originally established in 1993 by the 73rd Texas Legislature, is designed emphasize the state’s commitment to high academic performance by recognizing and rewarding students, teachers, and schools that demonstrate success in achieving the educational goals of the state.

2020 AP-IB Teacher Training Reimbursement Application

2020 AP/IB TTR Qualtrics Application

2020 AP-IB TTR Process FAQs

2020 Teacher Training Reimbursement for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

In support of the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program, the teacher training reimbursement (TTR) program reimburses public school districts and open enrollment charter schools for a portion of the cost related to an approved teacher training up to a maximum of $450 for each eligible teacher.

The 2020 TTR Application will open in late August and close in October.  Districts will be provided an Excel spreadsheet template on which to enter teacher training data.  Both the spreadsheet and a PDF of training certificates will be uploaded and submitted with the 2020 TTR Application. Watch for announcements on the AP and IB websites and in the monthly Advanced Academics Newsletter.  If not currently getting TEA's Advanced Academics Newsletter, join our mailing list to receive updates.

To be eligible for reimbursement, a district must verify each training:

  •  Is TEA approved
  •  Occurred between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020
  •  Is aligned with the course the teacher will be teaching during the 2020-2021 school year
     

Important:

  • applications must be submitted by a campus or district AP/IB coordinator, applications from individual teachers are not accepted
  • counselors, librarians, administrators, facilitators, and coordinators are not eligible for reimbursement
  • copies of training certificates must be kept on file with the campus/district
  • only applications submitted on or before October 23, 2020 utilizing the online system will be accepted. No emailed, mailed, and faxed applications will be accepted, no exceptions.  Please contact advancedacademics@tea.texas.gov if you have questions about or issues with the application.
     

TEA approved trainings for 2020 TTR include:

  • College Board endorsed Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI), minimum 24 hours, in person or online.
  • Summer college credit bearing course for subject content depth, 3+ college credits earned, in person or online.
  • IBO endorsed training, 3 consecutive days, minimum 15 hours, in person or online.
  • National Math and Science Initiative training, minimum 15-hours, in person or online.
  • Three-consecutive-days Initial Springboard Institute, minimum 15 hours, in person or online.
  • Confer Mentoring Program®, minimum 24 hours
  • Three-consecutive-day training course, provided by a university that is approved to host an APSI, that will provide teachers with depth of content and rigorous instructional strategies in AP, Pre-AP, IB DP or MYP or an Advanced course, minimum 15 hours, in person or online.
  • College Board approved online training that consists of a minimum of 24 hours of instruction
  • Pre-AP, IB Middle Years Program (MYP), and equivalent Advanced courses must be approved by the local district as advanced-level courses and are:
    • offered in grades 6-11,
    • greater in depth and complexity than the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS),
    • at a level of rigor to prepare students for success in a future AP/IB course, and
    • are in a district's vertically aligned sequence of courses that ends with an AP/IB course 
    • with participation in person or online.
     

Eligible teachers:

  • 2020-2021 Texas public school teachers in the district that requests the reimbursement
  • participated in a TEA approved training as identified above.
  • assigned to teach an AP, Pre-AP, IB DP or MYP, or an equivalent Advanced course during the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6-12.

       AND

  • District did not receive a 2019 training reimbursement for the teacher.
     

TTR applications must be submitted through a TEA Qualtrics survey (available August, 2020)

  • The application requires the email address of a district/campus appointed TTR coordinator, as well as a district business office staff member, and the superintendent.
  • The coordinator is responsible for all information in the application.  This person must verify the information submitted to the Texas Education Agency via the published application and certify to its truth and accuracy.

The following information will be needed to complete the application:

  • Designated AP/IB contact for each district/campus applying for the reimbursement.
  • Business office representative from each district who will be responsible for ensuring the TTR funds are received and assigned appropriately.
  • District name and countydistrict number (CDN).
  • Campus name and county, district, campus number (CDCN) where each eligible teacher will be teaching an AP, Pre-AP, IB DP, MYP or an equivalent Advanced course during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Each eligible teacher’s first and last name.
  • TEA-assigned Unique Identification Number (Unique ID) for each teacher submitted.
    • If unique IDs are unknown, contact the district’s PEIMS Coordinator. 
    • Do not submit a reimbursement request without the Unique ID for the teacher.
    • No reimbursement will be made if the Unique ID is not correct. 
    • The Unique ID will be used to match the teacher to the district applying for the reimbursement. 
  • Total registration fee paid for each training.
    • This should only reflect the cost of registration
    • No costs related to travel, meals, or lodging will be reimbursed
  • Number of hours participated as printed on the training certificate.
  • Type of course (i.e., Pre-AP/an equivalent course, Pre-IB/MYP, IB, AP).
  • Subject name (e.g., Biology) that will be taught by each eligible teacher.
  • Name of the training host/provider (e.g., APSI UT-Austin, Texas IB Schools).
  • Name of the training course in which each teacher participated (e.g., AP Biology for New Teachers). 

How much will be reimbursed:

In accordance with TEC §28.053 and TAC §74.29, funding priority for teacher training reimbursements will be given to:

  1. Eligible teachers on public school campuses that offer new AP or IB course(s) for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year.
  2. Eligible teachers at campuses that begin new AP/IB programs during the 2020-2021 school year, including IB candidate schools.

Remaining TTR funds will be distributed evenly among all remaining approved requests. Please note the amount of reimbursement for this reimbursement will not be known until all applications have been received and approved. The 2020 TTR may not exceed $450 per eligible teacher. If the number of approved applications exceeds the available funds, TEA may reimburse less than $450 per teacher.

How to expect payment:

  • TTR funds will be disbursed through a direct deposit to each district.
  • Districts are responsible for determining how the funds are allocated after receipt.
  • An email with the URL for application approvals will be sent to each AP/IB administrator, business office staff, and superintendent whose email appears on the application.

When to expect payment:

The 2020 TTR application will contain information regarding payment dates. For information or assistance, email advancedacademics@tea.texas.gov or Kay Humes, Statewide Coordinator for Advanced Academics, Kay.Humes@tea.texas.gov.