San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), a local educational agency (LEA), aims to improve student performance in the district's lowest-performing schools by identifying, developing, rewarding, and elevating the role of high-quality teachers and principals in these schools and by creating model classrooms that support excellent teaching and learning experiences for the district's neediest students.
The project focuses on redesigning the district's human capital management system (HCMS). Goals for the grantee include (a) increasing placement and retention of high-quality teachers and principals in SAISD's lowest-performing schools, (b) improving teacher and principal effectiveness ratings, and (c) improving student outcomes in the district's lowest-performing schools. SAISD will conduct the project in partnership with teachers, principals, the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, Texas A&M University at San Antonio (TAMU-SA), Relay Graduate School of Education, and a nonprofit educational consulting agency.
Schools & LEAs Served
Through a redesigned HCMS, the project will accomplish the following:
- Incentivize hiring and placement of high-quality educators in the district's 25 lowest performing schools.
- Better meet the needs of the district's most needy students in these schools.
- Attract, retain and incentivize successful principals to lead these campuses.
- Increase retention of effective teachers through additional professional development, continuing education, and leadership opportunities for teachers in target schools
- Provide teachers additional direct support for instruction by assigning instructional specialists to campuses.
In collaboration with an external evaluator and the project director, SAISD will monitor and evaluate its new compensation system to ensure it is working as designed and achieving the goals mentioned above. The grantee will frame its TIF project evaluation design using Government Performance and Results Act indicators. SAISD will use evaluation findings as the basis for making recommendations for improvements.
SAISD has created and funded the following position to support its TIF efforts: project management directors, two positions; budget analyst, one position; clerk to support the work of the project management directors, one position; and clerk for finance, one position.
SAISD is committed to growing its own high-quality educators in light of the region's teacher shortage. The current HCMS compensation system is rigid and outdated with no incentivized placement system in place. This project will improve access to effective educators through a compensation system that will provide annual financial incentives for high-quality educators to serve in TIF-SA schools. Only teachers and principals with the highest effectiveness scores as determined by the T-TESS and T-PESS appraisal systems will be competitive for placement in the target schools.
Principals will earn a $10,000 stipend for identified school leadership with an additional $10,000 for meeting identified performance goals. Master Teachers in Accelerated Classrooms will earn $7,500 for extended school day hours with an additional $7,500 for 20 extra days of summer school and professional development. Master Teachers in non-accelerated elementary and middle school classrooms will earn $5,000 for teacher leadership roles. Master Teachers in non-accelerated high school classrooms will earn $7,500 for teacher leadership roles.
T-TESS and T-PESS evaluation data will inform coaching conversations and will be used to ensure teachers' and principals' needs are supported by targeted professional development. The grantee will provide continued education and certification opportunities for teachers in target schools and provide funding to at least double the number of teachers who earn a master's of science in reading through the TAMU-SA Graduate College of Education and Human Development. SAISD will also increase support for all teachers and principals in target schools.