TIA Overview

The Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) is a key part of House Bill 3, dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and retaining highly effective teachers in all schools, with particular emphasis on high-needs and rural schools. Districts that choose to participate are charged with developing local teacher designation systems that measure teacher effectiveness based, at a minimum, on both teacher observation and student growth data. These systems must be submitted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for approval and undergo a data validation process, which will be conducted by Texas Tech University. 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. The first school year a district collects teacher effectiveness data in accordance with their local designation plan is called the data capture year. The teacher effectiveness data collected during the data capture year will be reviewed as part of the district approval process.

TIA CAMPUS AMBASSADORS - For Original Application

These individuals serve on the Steering Committee, but are also identified as Campus Ambassadors. If you have a question, feel free to contact your campus ambassador or Anna Holmgreen.

AHS - Amanda Peña WAMS - Rebecca Wymore Dubose - Carrie Wright and Estela Lewis Memorial - Cristina Lopez and Norma Hinojosa Hillcrest - Elisa Carter and Marissa Infante Noonan - Monica Garcia and Mari Hinojosa Barrera Saenz - Marina Garza and Jemima Blair Salazar - Andrea Garcia Schallert - Priscilla Rodriguez and Aurora Treviño

TIA Committee Members - For Original Application

Armando Salinas - DAEP Aurora Treviño - Schallert Norma Hinojosa - Memorial Andrea Garcia - Salazar Noemy Garcia - Dubose - Admin Marina Garza - Saenz - Admin Devon Bush - AHS Priscilla Rodriguez - Schallert Jemima Blair - Saenz Carrie Wright - Dubose Maria Ibanez - Dubose Clara Guerra - Salazar Debra Gomez - Salazar Gennie Lopez - WAMS Grace Perez - Schallert - Admin Jaime Boswell - AHS - Athletics Elisa Carter - Hillcrest - Admin George Beltran- AHS Cristina Lopez -Memorial - Admin Rebecca Wymore -WAMS Amanda Pena - AHS Marissa Infante - Hillcrest Marisol Hinojosa Barrera - Noonan Denise Garcia - WAMS Celina Garcia - AHS Estela Lewis - Dubose Danny Dixon - Fine Arts Director Crystal Parker - Hillcrest Monica Perez - Dubose Kandace Fox - WAMS Roel Hinojosa - WAMS David Valerio - WAMS Maria Carr Gonzalez - Memorial Monica Garcia - Noonan - Admin Gianna Morales - AHS - Admin Marta Salazar - WAMS- Admin Vanessa Snyder - Salazar - Admin Lynette Rivadeneyra - DAEP Admin Grace Pizzini - Central Office - Human Resources Guillermo Ruiz - Central Office -Deputy Superintendent David Flores - Central Office - Chief Financial Officer Theresa Sands - Central Office - Ex. Director of Teaching and Learning Gracie Garcia - Central Office - Ex. Director Special Education Erika Vasquez Central Office - Ex. Director of School Improvement Anna Holmgreen - Central Office - Transformation and Innovation Administrator Dr. Carl Scarbrough - Superintendent

TIA Growth Measures

Part A: General Questions

1.What is the district’s rationale for the student growth measure that was selected for each eligible teaching assignment? Please include an explanation for each one.

Alice ISD has chosen assessment which are currently part of our system, and are validated by research to be correlated to the Texas standards for students by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers who are eligible will be Kindergarten through third grade teachers reading teachers who will be using IStation Reading. In grades 4,5,6,7,8 and English II and grades 4,5,6,7,8 and Alg. 1, the Staar Growth Measure will be used.

2.How was teacher input gathered and considered when determining growth measures for each eligible teaching assignment?

Feedback from surveys, face-to-face meetings and Zoom office hours were used to make decisions about the growth measures. The district used that feedback to develop parameters to further drive the decision-making process.

Part B: Alignment to Statewide Performance Standards

1.How will the district use the TIA statewide performance standards for student growth when determining teacher designations?

The district created the local system with the statewide performance standards in mind. Alice ISD has adopted TEA's recommended performance standards for student growth objectives. 55% of students must meet or exceed the student growth targets to be designated as Recognized, 60% of students must meet or exceed student growth targets for a teacher to be designated as Exemplary and 70% of students must meet or exceed growth targets for the teacher to be identified as a Master teacher.

2.How will the district inform teachers of the TIA statewide performance standards for student growth?

Information will be disseminated via a district website and publications. Meetings on campuses will be utilized to share information.

Part C: Questions Specific to Each Student Growth Measure

1.What are the district-wide requirements for creating/approving this growth measure, including how the district ensures the growth measure is standards-aligned?

Each of the assessments, Istation and STAAR tests for Reading/ELA in grades 4,5,6,7,8, Eng. II and STAAR tests for math in grades 4,5,6,7,8 and Alg. I, are standards aligned so the growth measures chosen will align to the standards as well.

2.What protocols/training does the district use to ensure valid administration and scoring of all student work/assessments to be used in this growth measure?

The district has training yearly on valid test administration protocols for Istation assessments. Istation is also constantly reassessing the norms to ensure that algorithms used are matching the depth and specificity of the standards. Istation has added a tier growth measure that coincides with the STAAR growth measure. Protocols are in place to ensure proper monitoring since this is a computer-based assessment. Each STAAR test administrator is trained in proper test security and administration measures. Both of these growth measures used by Alice ISD are independently scored by the third party and not by teachers.

3.What protocols/training does the district use to ensure the security of all student work/assessments used in this growth measure?

The assessments are third party assessments and teachers do not have access to them, so security measures are in place. Administrators are trained in proper test administration protocols prior to the tests being given and monitors are also utilized.

4.The growth measure used under this category is:

a.STAAR Student Progress Measure

b.Other measures used…Istation Skill Tier Growth

5.What are the district-wide requirements for calculating the teachers’ end-of-year student growth based on the “Other” student growth measure used?

The district will utilize Istation Skill Tier growth. There are two different reports that can be utilized to determine the growth of a student: Skill growth and tier movement over time. We will calculate Academic Growth on STAAR in the same way it is defined in the Accountability Manual each year. This measure provides an opportunity for teacher to receive growth credit for STAAR results in ELA/Readng and Mathematics/Alg. I when the student meets the student level criteria on the STAAR progress measure or maintains performance from one year to the next.