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Educator Excellence Awards
Texas : Educator Excellence Awards -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level The Educator Excellence Awards Program

This is a state level program.

Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

Status The Educator Excellence Awards Program

The enabling legislation, Texas HB1 (Education Reform Act), was signed by Governor Perry on May 31, 2006.

Texas HB1 (Education Reform Act) amends the Education Code, Chapter 21, Subchapters N and O.

Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

Program Description The Educator Excellence Awards Program

The Educator Excellence Awards Program provides grants to school districts for the purpose of providing incentive payments to employees under the terms of locally developed awards plans approved by the commissioner. The goal of both programs is to reward teachers who have a positive impact on improving student achievement.

Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

Other Programs Houston Independent School District and Aldine ISD Performance Incentives.
Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • Hard to staff subject
  • Description of Component The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    An eligible campus may also consider a classroom teacher's assignment to teach a subject that is experiencing a critical shortage of teachers or a high teacher turnover rate as well as his/her demonstration of ongoing initiative, commitment, professionalism, and involvement in an activity that directly results in improved student achievement.

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    Incentive payments and award payments for individual teachers that are based on student learning gains and collaboration with other faculty and staff resulting in overall student achievement. Teachers serving in critical shortage areas and hard to staff schools can also be awarded incentives.

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

    Incentives The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    An eligible campus must submit to the Texas Education Agency for approval a campus incentive plan that is designed to reward teachers who have a positive impact on improving student achievement. In distributing incentive payments to classroom teachers, an eligible campus may distribute an incentive payment only to a classroom teacher who:

    • Demonstrates success in improving student achievement using objective, quantifiable measures, such as local benchmarking systems, portfolio assessments, end-of-course assessments, and value-added assessments; and
    • Successfully collaborates with other faculty and with staff in a manner that contributes to improving overall student achievement at the campus.
    An eligible campus may also consider a classroom teacher's assignment to teach a subject that is experiencing a critical shortage of teachers or a high teacher turnover rate as well as his/her demonstration of ongoing initiative, commitment, professionalism, and involvement in an activity that directly results in improved student achievement.

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    Incentive Recipients The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    Individual teachers receive incentives.

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    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    No information found at this time.

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    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    No information found at this time.

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    Other Stakeholders The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    Other stakeholders include legislators and school districts.

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    Program Funding
    Cost The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    Grants from funds appropriated for the program shall be awarded beginning with the 2006-2007 school year and may not exceed $100 million in the 2006-2007 school year except as expressly authorized by the General Appropriations Act or other law. State cost in fiscal year 2008 is estimated at $261 million in general revenue, increasing to $328 million by fiscal year 2011.

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

    Funding The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    Each state fiscal year, the commissioner shall deposit the sum of $1,000 multiplied by the number of classroom teachers in this state to the credit of the educator excellence fund in the general revenue fund. Each state fiscal year, the agency shall use:

    1. Not more than $100 million of the funds in the educator excellence fund to provide grant awards under the awards for student achievement program; and
    2. Any remaining funds in the educator excellence fund to provide a qualifying school district a grant in an amount determined by:
      • Dividing the amount of remaining money available for distribution in the educator excellence fund by the total number of students in average daily attendance in qualifying districts for that fiscal year; and
      • Multiplying the amount determined under Paragraph (A) by the number of students in average daily attendance in the district.

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes The Educator Excellence Awards Program

    The program is in the beginning stages of implementation, so there is no available information on the results or outcomes at this time.

    Enabling Policy: Texas HB1




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