The Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) was created by the Texas Legislature as part of House Bill 3 to provide a realistic pathway for top teachers to earn six-figure salaries and to help attract and retain highly effective teachers at traditionally hard-to-staff
schools. The Houston Independent School District has submitted a Letter of Intent to the Texas Education Agency to participate in Cohort E of the Teacher Incentive Allotment. Districts that choose to participate in the Teacher
Incentive Allotment must create a local designation system to identify high-performing educators based on standards to be released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
TIA was established to recognize effective teachers on three different
levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. Teachers can earn designations in two ways. First, National Board-Certified teachers are eligible to earn Recognized designation. Second, through a school system’s
approved local designations system. These designations are valid for 5 years. Designation can generate annual allotment funding for the employing school system.