Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA)
Forney ISD is in the process of phased-in implementation of a district Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) Plan. The TIA is an initiative launched by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019 to reward, retain and recruit teachers with the goal of allowing a highly effective teacher to earn a six-figure income. The highest financial awards in the state plan are available for teachers who work at high-need campuses. TEA sets a number of parameters governing districts' local plans. These parameters require certain considerations for recognition as well as the financial allocation it is possible for a teacher's performance to generate. Within the state parameters, local plans provide specifics as to the criteria for locally recommended designations (Recognized, Exemplary, or Master) as well as how allocations are distributed. Local plans require approval by TEA in order to verify they comply with state criteria.
The district has been evaluating participation in TIA intermittently since the late fall of 2019. The COVID pandemic and rapid student enrollment growth have forced district officials to prioritize other initiatives and delay study and implementation of TIA. Various district groups such as the Superintendent's Advisory Council and District Leadership Academies have participated in review sessions periodically. Additional campus and steering team meetings have been held to guide development of the Forney ISD TIA Plan.
The biggest challenge in the development of a local plan is incorporating systems to assess student growth in a way that is as equitable as possible for teachers in various assignments. TEA requires that a local district plan includes measures of whether students achieve expected growth, as well as a teacher's performance as measured by the district's teacher appraisal system.