TIA Monthly Newsletter - February 2021

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Stephanie Kucera

Jan 27, 2021, 9:31:21 AM1/27/21
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TIA Monthly Newsletter
February 2021
Just-In-Time Tip
  • TEA staff recently did some clean-up to the TIA website. If a hyperlink is not working go to tiatexas.org and navigate from there.

  • While Covid 19 impact may be minimal on Cohorts D and beyond, TEA has provided COVID-19 updates here

  • Not prepared to bring forward all eligible groups of teachers in the current cohort for TIA? Later groups may be added through the process of system expansion. Depending on the type of enhancements being made in future cohorts it may require a new application or an amendment.

Action Items
Cohort D (and planning ahead for Cohort E)
  • Provide appropriate stakeholder update on final decisions made regarding teacher observation, student growth, other component (if utilized), budgeting and compensation.
  • Create a backward planning timeline from the April 15 submission deadline. Include checkpoints for drafting the sections of the application, providing an opportunity for rubric/application language review, and district stakeholder committee edits.
  • During February: Draft language for the following tabs of the application: District Info, Weighting, Teacher Observation, Student Growth 
  • During March: Draft language for the following tabs of the application: System Development, Spending, District Support

TEA Webinars

  • Stakeholder Engagement Scope and Sequence

Hot Topics / FAQs

Appraisal Waiver - An Appraisal Waiver will be reviewed and approved for LEAs who determine they are unable to conduct accurate and relevant appraisals due to the pandemic. Full details are on the TEA COVID-19 page at Appraisal Waiver


Role ID 087 Winter Class Roster  - The snapshot date is 2/26/2021 and the submission date is 3/25/2021. TEA TIA Team will use this data to: 1) verify designated teachers and those pending designation are employed as teachers (role ID 087); and 2) capture each designated teacher's CDCN to calculate district allotments. There has been conversation around atypical teachers (example: dyslexia and reading specialists, interventionists, and those serving multiple campuses like adaptive PE and GT). Before coding an atypical position 087 consider the following: 1) Is the primary job function providing regular instruction to students? Is instruction tied to TEKS standards or a specific program? 2) Must they have a valid teaching certificate to perform their duties? (exception on #2, some charter schools).


Amendments to TIA commissioner rules have been posted for proposal.  These rules will update provisions to address the lack of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) testing in the 2019-2020 school year, ensure that the employing school district receives the allotment for a designated teacher, modify the percentage each district receives if a designated teacher is employed by multiple districts, add another reason designations may be voided, improve the quality of local designation systems by requiring calibration activities to be tied to the approved teacher observation rubric and requiring that the student growth and teacher observation data be from the same teaching assignment, and remove obsolete provisions.

Upcoming Dates

TEA Cohort Convenings February 2-4 - Please note registration closed at 300 participants. We anticipate TEA will offer convenings in future cohorts. Stay tuned if you are applying Cohort E and beyond!
  • February 10, 3:30-5:00, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and TEA will host an informational session for districts interested in supporting National Board candidates. The session is open to district leaders and aspiring National Board candidates. Registration link

  • February 22, 3:00-5:00, TEA will host TIA Q&A sessions for districts employing National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), particularly districts not yet participating in TIA. TEA will send an invitation to all districts and teachers that can be found in the National Board database and would appreciate your support in identifying any others.  NBCTs are encouraged to attend with a district administrator. Registration link

  • SLOs: March 25, 2020 | 9-11:30 am, lunch, then 1-3 pm | Session #235169

  • T-TESS Refresher and Calibration Practices: June 30, 9:00-12:00 - Stay tuned for session number!

Contact Us
Questions or Concerns?

Stephanie Kucera

Stephanie Kucera
Field Service Agent
Education Service Center Region 12
Ofc: 254-297-1154
Cell: 254-498-6371
Fax: 254-666-0823

Stephanie Kucera
Field Service Agent
Education Service Center Region 12
Ofc: 254-297-1154
Cell: 254-498-6371
Fax: 254-666-0823

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