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LISD Announces Approval of Teacher Allotment Systems Plan

Christina Courson

AUGUST 26, 2021

LISD Announces Approval of Teacher Incentive Allotment Systems Plan

Lockhart Independent School District announced the approval of its Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) Plan by the Texas Education Agency. This is the first step in the process to provide LISD teachers who meet certain criteria the opportunity for incentive pay up to an additional $20,000 beginning September 2023. 

“Our leadership team is excited about the approval of our plan to reward our highest-performing teachers for being ‘Locked on Excellence’ and demonstrating a commitment to ‘UnLocking Potential’ for our students to truly thrive,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. 

The next step is for the district to spend 2021-2022 gathering data to submit to Texas Tech University, TEA’s designated data review partner in this statewide project. Once the data is approved, TEA will provide final designation and allotment notification in April 2023. Payments would be issued to eligible teachers in September 2023. 

In the last Texas legislative session, House Bill 3 established the TIA program to help public school districts to reward effective teaching, retain effective teachers in the classroom, and recruit more people into the profession of teaching. The program provides funding for districts to provide additional compensation to their highest-performing teachers. Levels of compensation depend on the attainment of one of three levels of earned designation: up to  $5,500 for Recognized, up to  $11,000 for Exemplary, and up to $20,000 for Masters. 

Each district is required to develop a plan that includes a reward system based on teacher observations and student growth.  LISD engaged its District Advisory Committee (DAC) to develop its plan, including a diverse group of elementary and secondary teachers, principals, parents, community members, and district administrators throughout the process. The plan was approved by the Board of Trustees in March prior to submission to TEA in April.

The plan includes the use of teacher observations through the Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS) and student growth measures that are already in place in LISD. The district has measured and tracked student growth consistently over the past three years in its commitment to grow every learner by 1.5 years each year in reading and math.  The STAAR Progress Measure, STAR Renaissance, iStation, and Ready, Set, K! assessments are included in the initial plan because they are research-based and aligned to state standards. The district intends to add other student growth data measures that will be more inclusive of other non-core classes. Additionally, teachers must have attained ESL certification to be considered, a district requirement for all teachers by the end of the 2023-2024 school year, to help meet the needs of its student population of English Language Learners which has grown by 350 percent in the past 10 years.

“We are proud to have some of the best teachers in Texas right here in Lockhart ISD, and this plan will help to ensure we can continue to retain and recruit top talent,” added Superintendent Estrada. 

To learn more about the Teacher Incentive Allotment program, visit 


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