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Houston Independent School District (HISD)
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Program Statistics
Name and Level Houston Independent School District (HISD)

This is a district level program.

Status Houston Independent School District (HISD)

Approved by the Houston Independent School District's (HISD) school board in January, 2006. This is an ongoing program.

Program Description Houston Independent School District (HISD)

The Houston Independent School District's (HISD) school board unanimously approved a teacher merit pay program, making it the largest school district in the nation to tie teacher pay with student test scores. HISD's Teacher Performance Pay Plan rewards teachers on their individual performance, regardless of how students in the rest of the school score. Core teachers can earn $3,000 more a year, and non-core teacher can earn up to $1,500 more a year, if their students demonstrate strong progress on state and national achievement tests compared with students in other similar classrooms and schools around Houston and Texas. The annual bonuses could grow to $10,000 in the next five years. As an additional bonus, teachers with perfect attendance will have their earned performance pay increased by 10 percent, and teachers who have missed no more than two days will have their earned performance pay increased by five percent.

There are three different “strands” or components of the plan, each worth a maximum of $1,000 for core teachers.

Source: HISD

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Program Target Components
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  • Description of Component Houston Independent School District (HISD)

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    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Teachers receive annual bonuses.

    Incentives Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Each campus will be evaluated to determine if it meets the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Accountability standard. A campus that does not meet the standard is not eligible for Strand 1 incentives.

    Strand II (Individual Teacher Performance) - Eligible teachers must show "positive" Comparable Improvement (CI) of his/her Instructional Cohort on the relevant subject test of the Stanford/Aprenda.

    Strand III (Individual Teacher Performance) - Eligible teachers must show "positive" Comparable Improvement (CI) of his/her Instructional Cohort on the relevant subtest of the TAKS.

    Incentive Recipients Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Every teacher (grades K-12) is eligible to participate in the first two strands.

    Teachers eligible to participate in the third strand include:

    • Homeroom teachers in grades 4-5 for reading and math
    • Core teachers teaching students in grades 6 -11 with two consecutive years of data.
    • Homeroom teachers in grade 3 for reading and math and in grade 5 for science
    • Core teachers teaching social studies in grade 8.
    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Strand I (Campus-Level Performance)
    Strand I considers the school’s state accountability rating for eligibility in the strand and rewards teachers based on how well the school has improved when compared with 40 other schools with similar demographics around the state.

    Strand II (Individual Teacher Performance)
    Strand II pays individual teachers based on student progress on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test and its Spanish-language equivalent, the Aprenda 3, when compared with teachers in similar HISD classrooms. Elementary core teachers would be measured by progress on the complete battery of tests, while secondary core teachers would be measured using their subject area tests.

    Strand III (Individual Teacher Performance)
    Strand III pays individual teachers based on student progress on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) when compared with teachers in similar HISD classrooms. Elementary core teachers would be measured by progress by grade level in reading and math scale scores. Secondary core teachers would be measured using improvement in subject-area scale scores including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Another component of the third strand involves teachers who administer TAKS tests for which there would only be one year of data, such as grade 3 reading and math, grade 5 science, grade 8 social studies, and grade 10 social studies and science. These teachers would be compared to a campus standard that would be based on the previous year’s campuswide performance.

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Teacher’s unions objected to the merit pay program.

    Other Stakeholders Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    Houston Independent School District trustee, administration, teachers, parents, economic development allies, and taxpayers

    Program Funding
    Cost Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    The district has allocated $14.5 million for the proposed teacher-performance-pay program for the the 2005–06 school year. In the event that earned performance pay exceeds the $14.5 million allocated, performance-pay amounts will be prorated for all employees eligible for performance-pay plans. Over time, this amount is expected to increase. In the event that earned performance pay exceeds the $14.5 million allocated, performance pay amounts will be prorated. Funds to eligible teachers and non-instructional staff meeting the performance criteria will be available at the end of January 2007 based on 2005–06 performance. Consideration is being made to distribute the funds for Strands II and III earlier as the information becomes available instead of waiting to do a complete distribution at the time that Strand I is calculated.

    Funding Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    The Houston Independent School District funds the program and has allocated $14.5 million for the teacher performance pay program for the 2005–06 school year. No plan for sustainability was found.

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes Houston Independent School District (HISD)

    No information found at this time.




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