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2008-2009 ASPIRE Award Program Highlights

HISD distributed $40.5 million in ASPIRE awards across 15,710 campus-based staff members whose work led to increased student academic achievement and progress levels during the 2008–2009 school year. 

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Following are some highlights of the award program:

Distributed the following ASPIRE Award payouts: January 2010 for 2008–2009 school-year data*

Instructional core staff
  • 8,914 paid (98 percent of those eligible)
  • Range of pay: $100 to $10,903
  • Average payment: $3,616

Non-core instructional staff
  • 2,211 paid (96 percent of those eligible)
  • Range of pay: $125 to $3,423
  • Average payment: $1,439
Instructional support staff and teaching assistants
  • 2,476 paid (88 percent of those eligible)
  • Range of pay: $25 to $1,870
  • Average payment: $611

Operational support staff
  • 1,480 paid (51 percent of those eligible)
  • Range of pay: $150 to $750
  • Average payment: $570

Principals, assistant principals, and deans of instruction
  • 629 paid (98 percent of those eligible)
  • Range of pay: $200 to $15,530
  • Average payment: $4,446

Total payout to date: $40,564,694 disbursed among 88 percent of eligible employees
*As of July 20, 2010

Fostered collaboration to improve the ASPIRE Award Program:
  • The ASPIRE Award Advisory Committee made up of educators and school administrators reviewed and provided feedback on the program.
  • The ASPIRE Executive Committee monitored the success of ASPIRE implementation and ensured alignment toward the district’s vision and goals.
  • Dr. William Sanders (national value-added expert and creator of the EVAAS® methodology) analyzed data and generated value-added reports.
  • Battelle for Kids provided strategic counsel, communications, professional development, and technology solutions.

Implemented a comprehensive communication strategy:
  • Continually updated the ASPIRE portal to inform all stakeholders about ASPIRE, value-added public access to 2009 reports, and the ASPIRE Award Program.
  • Provided information about the program to HISD staff through district-wide communications.
  • Engaged parents/community throughASPIRE regional forums and informed them about the role that they play in preparing students to be college- and career-ready.
  • Launched ASPIRE e-News, a bi-monthly newsletter emailed to all HISD employees, with two issues delivered prior to the award payout.
  • Provided all campus-based employees and principals three reminder notices prior to and during the award inquiry period, utilizing direct e-mails and telephone Connect-Ed messaging for each reminder.
  • Conducted an online survey and received responses from 7,284 campus-based HISD employees (out of 19,312) to gauge and improve upon the effectiveness of communications and obtain feedback related to ASPIRE and the 2008–2009 ASPIRE Award Program.

Enhanced professional development, technology systems, and support structures to ensure the most-accurate award-calculation process:
  • Conducted training for principals and ASPIRE Core Team members to help them guide staff in completing the ASPIRE verification and linkage process to ensure that the most-accurate data was used to determine the awards.
  • Held regional training sessions for principals to inform them about changes to this year’s award program and provided a principal set-up and review period.
  • Provided all employees access to an online course, an Award Estimate Interpretation Guide, and other resources explaining the model, award categories, and eligibility requirements through the ASPIRE portal.
  • Implemented a support system to answer questions through principals, ASPIRE Core Team Members, and the ASPIRE Award Team e-mail address.
  • Set up a month-long ASPIRE Award inquiry period for staff to review their award estimates and submit formal inquiries if they still had questions about their award estimates.

As a result of these efforts, the number of formal inquiries decreased to 621 for the 2008–2009 ASPIRE Awards from 721 for the 2007–2008 ASPIRE Awards. Of the inquiries received and not withdrawn, 73 percent were resolved with no changes, up from 40 percent the prior year. The 167 inquiries resolved with changes for the 2008–2009 ASPIRE Awards were less than half the 396 for the 2007–2008 ASPIRE Awards.

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