A major initiative to come out of House Bill 3 last year was the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). This provides the opportunity for teachers to earn more money based on certain performance and evaluation criteria.
However, this isn’t as simple as opting in. It involves a lot of prep work and planning in order to begin the TIA process.
One of the first questions to consider is how to choose a cohort for the System Review Application to receive Teacher Incentive Allotment funds.
Let’s look at the 4 cohorts to help you determine which one is right for your district.
Cohort A: Ready to Go
Cohort A is for districts who are paying teachers strategic compensation in school year (SY) 2019-2020 based on teacher effectiveness data in SY 2018- 2019.
Your district also must have engaged with stakeholders in the design of your strategic compensation plan and have clear resources and ongoing communication regarding your system.
If you met these criteria, then Cohort A is the right one for you. If you didn’t, let’s look at Cohort B to see if it’s where you should be.
Cohort B: Close to Implementation
Cohort B is for districts planning to implement strategic compensation in SY 2020-2021 based on data from SY 2019-2020, regardless of whether your system is approved for Teacher Incentive Allotment designations.
Your district must have developed a strategic compensation plan with robust stakeholder input, and this must at least be based on teacher observation and student growth data. It also must be widely communicated it to all stakeholders.
Lastly, prior to the start of SY 2019-2020, your district must have communicated to stakeholders that 2019-2020 would be the first data capture year of your strategic compensation plan, with payout planned for SY 2020-2021 regardless of system approval for TIA.
Is this where your district falls? If not, don’t worry. We have 2 more cohorts to explore!
Cohort C: Currently Developing
Cohort C is for districts planning to participate in TIA based on teacher effectiveness data captured during the 2020-2021 school year. To be part of Cohort C, your district must be in the process of developing a strategic compensation plan with robust stakeholder input.
This plan must be based on, at a minimum, teacher observation and student growth data during SY 2019-2020. Also, prior to the start of SY 2020-2021, your district must communicate to stakeholders that 2020-2021 will be the first data capture year of your community-approved strategic compensation plan.
Not you? Then you are in Cohort D! Let’s take a look at Cohort D.
Cohort D: Planning to Develop
Cohort D is for districts planning to participate in the Teacher Incentive Allotment based on teacher effectiveness data captured during the 2021-2022 school year. Your district must be planning to develop a strategic compensation plan with robust stakeholder input.
At minimum, this should be based on teacher observation and student growth data during SY 2020-2021. Also, your district must be planning robust stakeholder engagement throughout SY 2020-2021.
You should be communicating to stakeholders that 2021-2022 will be the first data capture year of your community-approved strategic compensation plan.
Did you find your cohort? Here’s a link to a more detailed explanation of the overview and process for each cohort and well as the timelines.