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Local Designation System

Local Designation System

How a Local Designation System Works

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Districts can develop a local designation system and designate high-performing teachers (Master, Exemplary, or Recognized).
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TEA will approve local designation systems, in partnership with Texas Tech University.
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Districts are not required to create a local designation system. All Texas school systems can employ designated teachers and receive allotment funds.
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Districts will receive additional funding ($3–32K per year) for every designated teacher they employ.
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Districts will receive greater funding for designated teachers who teach at rural and/or high-needs campuses.
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At least 90% of TIA funds must be used on teacher compensation on the campus where the designated teacher(s) works.

Local Designation System Requirements

House Bill 3 provides districts with local control and flexibility in choosing how to evaluate teachers and assign designations. Developing a local teacher designation system requires significant planning, robust stakeholder engagement, adequate time to prepare all necessary materials for rollout, and a strong communication plan prior to the first implementation year.

At minimum, the designation system must include both a teacher observation and a student performance component:

  • Teacher observation based on T-TESS; a third-party rubric, such as the NIET TAP, Marzano, or Danielson rubric. District application must show evidence of validity and reliability.
  • Student growth measures determined by district. Can include pre- and-post tests, value-added measures, student learning objectives (SLOs), and portfolios. District application must show evidence of validity and reliability.
  • Districts can use other factors in determining the teachers eligible to receive a designation, such as student surveys, teacher leadership responsibilities, teacher mentorship responsibilities, family surveys, demonstration of district core values, teacher peer surveys, and contributions to the broader school community.

The systems must be submitted to TEA for approval and undergo a data-validation process, which will be conducted by Texas Tech University. As part of the validation process, Texas Tech will:

  • Review alignment between teacher observation ratings and student performance ratings Review alignment between student performance ratings and value-added ratings for applicable teachers.
  • Review data validity by appraiser/rater, by campus, across campuses in a district, and by teaching assignment.
  • Compare district data to state data by comparing the percentage of teachers a district puts forth for designation to overall district performance.

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 – yields reliable and comparable results across the state. Applicants will be expected to use performance standards along with district teacher observation and student performance standards 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.

Application and Approval of Local Teacher Designation Systems

STEP 1

Submit Your Application

Submit your application for a local teacher designation system to TEA

STEP 2

Data Submission

Use the resources below to complete the step 2 data submission process. The documents currently reflect the process and requirements for 2021 data submission and validation.

STEP 3

Approved Districts

TEA will review the results of the
data validation process and the
system application to determine a district’s final approval status for the Teacher Incentive Allotment.

For approved districts, teacher
designations are awarded and
placed on certificates and TEA
notifies districts of the allotment for that school year.

Cohort Timeline

The table below displays comparative timelines for potential Teacher Incentive Allotment cohorts based on the data capture year. Please consult the table to determine which cohort best matches your district’s current level of implementation/planning for strategic compensation based on teacher effectiveness.

Once your district has identified its potential cohort, review the corresponding Cohort Readiness Checklist. The checklist includes success factors and key practices to consider as your district develops or modifies a local designation system. Districts may also use the checklist to determine when they would be ready to apply for TIA funds.

Cohort A Cohort B Cohort C Cohort D Cohort E Cohort F Cohort G
Data-Capture Year 2019–2020 2019–2020 2020–2021 2021–2022 2022–2023 2023–2024 2024–2025
System Application Posted N/A 30-Mar-20 30-Mar-20 1-Nov-20 1-Nov-21 1-Nov-22 1-Nov-23
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) N/A 31-Jul-20 15-May-20 15-Apr-21 15-Apr-22 13-Apr-23 13-Apr-24
System Application Result Final Notification N/A 28-Aug-20 15-Aug-20 15-Aug-21 15-Aug-22 13-Aug-23 13-Aug-24
Data Review due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) N/A 30-Oct-20 1-Nov-21 1-Nov-22 1-Nov-23 1-Nov-24 3-Nov-25
Final Approval Notification N/A Late February 2021 Late February 2022 Late February 2023 Late February 2024 Late February 2025 Late February 2026
Final Designation and Allotment Notification N/A Apr-21 Apr-22 Apr-23 Apr-24 Apr-25 Apr-26
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2020 September 2021 September 2022 September 2023 September 2024 September 2025 September 2026
Annual Program Submission for Approved Districts 31-Aug Begins 2021 31-Aug Begins 2021 31-Aug Begins 2022 31-Aug Begins 2023 31-Aug Begins 2024 31-Aug Begins 2025 31-Aug Begins 2026

Cohort Timeline

The table below displays comparative timelines for potential Teacher Incentive Allotment cohorts based on the data capture year. Please consult the table to determine which cohort best matches your district’s current level of implementation/planning for strategic compensation based on teacher effectiveness.

Once your district has identified its potential cohort, review the corresponding Cohort Readiness Checklist. The checklist includes success factors and key practices to consider as your district develops or modifies a local designation system. Districts may also use the checklist to determine when they would be ready to apply for TIA funds.

Cohort A
Data-Capture Year 2019–2020
System Application Posted N/A
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) N/A
System Application Result Final Notification N/A
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) N/A
Final Approval Notification N/A
Final Designation and Allotment Notification N/A
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2020
Cohort B
Data-Capture Year 2019–2020
System Application Posted 30-Mar-20
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 31-Jul-20
System Application Result Final Notification 28-Aug-20
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 30-Oct-20
Final Approval Notification Late February 2021
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-21
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2021
Cohort C
Data-Capture Year 2020–2021
System Application Posted 30-Mar-20
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 15-May-20
System Application Result Final Notification 15-Aug-20
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 1-Nov-21
Final Approval Notification Late February 2022
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-22
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2022
Cohort D
Data-Capture Year 2021–2022
System Application Posted 1-Nov-20
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 15-Apr-21
System Application Result Final Notification 15-Aug-21
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 1-Nov-22
Final Approval Notification Late February 2023
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-23
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2023
Cohort E
Data-Capture Year 2022–2023
System Application Posted 1-Nov-21
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 15-Apr-22
System Application Result Final Notification 15-Aug-22
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 1-Nov-23
Final Approval Notification Late February 2024
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-24
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2024
Cohort F
Data-Capture Year 2023–2024
System Application Posted 1-Nov-22
System Application Due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 13-Apr-23
System Application Result Final Notification 13-Aug-23
Data Review Due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 1-Nov-24
Final Approval Notification Late February 2025
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-25
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2025
Cohort G
Data-Capture Year 2024-2025
System Application Posted 1-Nov-23
System Application due to TEA (no fee required for submission) 13-Apr-24
System Application Result Final Notification 13-Aug-24
Data Review due to Texas Tech University (data processing fee required for each teacher put forth for designation) 3-Nov-25
Final Approval Notification Late February 2026
Final Designation and Allotment Notification Apr-26
Approved Districts Receive Initial Payout through the Foundation School Program including Reimbursements September 2026

Step 1: System Application

Use the resources below to complete the Step 1 System Application. The current system application resources align to districts on a cohort D timeline. Resources will be updated for cohort E later this fall.