The Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) is a competitive grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have better access to effective teachers and principals, especially in hard-to-staff subject areas. The TIF program supports the use of an educator performance-based compensation and integrated human capital management system to increase educator effectiveness and to improve student outcomes. The TIF projects reward effective educators and provide leadership opportunities and career pathways to educators in high poverty schools.
Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded four cohorts of TIF grants to states, school districts, and charter schools. The program has funded 131 projects and served over 2,000 schools in more than 300 urban, suburban, and rural school districts in 36 states and Washington, D.C.
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