Teacher Incentive Allotment



House Bill 3 (HB 3), passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June of 2019, established an optional 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.


Overall Information

  Presentation on Teacher Incentive Allotment (PDF)
Teacher Incentive Allotment FAQs (PDF) 

Local Designation System information 

  Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort C Cohort D
System ApplicationA Posted with Additional Guidance March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020 November 1, 2020
System Application due to TEA (no fee required for submission)
May 15, 2020
July 31, 2020 May 15, 2020 April 1, 2021
FAQs posted bi-weekly until July 31, 2020 – submit questions to tia@tea.texas.gov TBD
System Application Result Notification May 1, 2020 August 28, 2020 August 15, 2020 June 1, 2021
Data ReviewB due to Texas Tech University (fee required for submissionC)
June 1, 2020 
October 30, 2020 November 1, 2021 November 15, 2022
Final Approval Notification August 1, 2020 February 2021 February 2022 February 2023
Initial Payout with Reimbursements of data processing fee for approved systemsD September 30, 2020 September 2021 or September 2022 September 2022 or September 2023 September 2023 or September 2024

AThe system application will be a district’s qualitative description of the local designation system including the teacher observation component, the student growth component, the local designation planning process, responses to the teacher survey, and communication, spending, and district long-term support plans
BThe data review will review alignment data between teacher observation ratings and student performance ratings, alignment between student performance ratings and value-add ratings for applicable teachers, review data validity by appraiser/rater, by campus, across campuses in a district, and by teaching assignment, and will compare district data to state data by comparing the percentage of teachers a district puts forth for designation to overall district performance
CTEA requires a data processing fee per teacher designation
DDistricts may choose to begin their designations the schoolyear in which they are approved or the schoolyear after


 Performance Standards

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, cohort applicants will be expected to use performance standards along with district teacher observation and student growth data 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. 

Click these links for teacher observation performance standards and teacher’s student growth performance standards.


 System Application 

Applications for district designation system have posted.  See below for cohort specific applications and instructions.  A webinar of how to complete the system application is available.

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort C

TIA Regional Convenings

The supporting documents and recordings below were shared at the TIA regional convening sessions in February and March. These resources may be used for reference or with district staff as they develop a local designation system. Please note that several documents have been updated since the February regional convenings.

Recordings of the regional convening sessions can be found below.


National Board 

Beginning in January of 2021, eligible National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) will earn a Recognized designation on their Texas educator certificate for the 2020-2021 SY. The designation will expire in conjunction with the National Board certificate. Allotment funding for eligible NBCTs will be calculated in late summer and will flow to districts beginning in September 2021. NBCTs working in districts that currently offer strategic compensation for NBCTs may be eligible to earn a Recognized designation for the 2019-2020 SY and generate allotment funding in September 2020. Districts currently offering strategic compensation to NBCTs must submit an application by April 30, 2020, for NBCTs to be eligible for a 2019-2020 designation.

Read more about National Board certification in Texas.

List of Rural Campuses

Designated teachers that work on rural campuses will generate greater allotments.  Campuses are designated as rural if they meet one or more of the following definitions:

  • a campus within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students that is categorized as a rural district type by the Texas Education Agency (TEA or agency)
  • a campus within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students categorized as rural by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • a campus defined in TEC, §48.112(a)(1)(A) and (B) that are categorized as rural by NCES in districts with an enrollment of less than 5,000

A list of rural campuses for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available. 

List of Districts who Submitted a Letter of Intent

A list of districts that expressed interest in developing a local designation system through the online submission of a letter of intent is posted. The letter of intent was an initial, non-binding expression of interest in TIA. 

This is not a pre-requisite for applying for TIA, does not represent final cohort status, and does not require previous stakeholder engagement.  Districts can choose to apply under more than one cohort in order to accommodate additional groups of eligible teachers.


 Technical Assistance Providers 

The Texas Education Agency is seeking to establish a pool of pre-qualified providers to serve as technical support providers to districts participating in the Teacher Incentive Allotment.  This year’s annual application is due April 30th.  Link to the attached application