Teacher Incentive Allotment in Midway ISD: What's the Plan?
Midway ISD is advancing through the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) approval process, a program designed to provide higher salaries and incentives for effective educators.
What is the Teacher Incentive Allotment?
The Teacher Incentive Allotment was established as part of the 2019 House Bill 3 designed to provide a pathway for effective educators to earn higher salaries, attract and keep effective educators, and provide incentives to teach on campuses with the highest needs. TIA recognizes effective teachers on three different levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. These teacher designations generate additional teacher-focused allotment funding for designated educators.
How Do Teachers Become Eligible for TIA Funds?
There are two pathways to eligibility: National Board Certification and local designation system.
- National Board Certification: National Board Certified Teachers are eligible to earn a Recognized designation. Midway initiated Texas' first internally-led cohort for obtaining National Board Certification in 2021. Currently, the district's fourth cohort began the process this fall and is working with a team of peers and mentors to help hone their master teaching skills and prepare for certification.
- Local Designation System: Districts who choose to participate in TIA must create a local designation system to identify high-performing educators based on standards released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Midway began working toward a local designation system in September 2021. Since that time, the district has designed a plan, implemented action steps, and met all TIA criteria at every step of the application process. Midway's local designation system, developed through a local committee, will utilize teacher performance measure and student growth measure weighting 40% teacher performance measure (T-TESS) and 60% student growth measure (pre/post test).
The district is now submitting data collected as the final step in designating Midway teachers for TIA funding.
Want to Learn More About TIA in Midway?
During the October school board meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Becky Odajima provided an update on the steps Midway has taken to date, presented district-wide teacher designation estimates, and discussed timeline information in relation to the final validation step.
Learn more about Midway's plan for TIA and view Dr. Odajima's presentation to the board in the video below: