Texas Educator Performance Awards Technical Assistance

Welcome to the Technical Assistance Site for the Educator Excellence Award Grant Program. Technical Assistance for the Largest State-Funded Strategic Compensation Program in the United States.

This web site serves as the primary online source for information, tools, and resources to support Educator Excellence Award Grant Program grantees, policymakers, state officials, and district professionals with the design and implementation of performance award programs.

Largest Statewide Program in the Nation

The Texas Legislature re-affirmed its commitment to performance awards programs, appropriating $397 million total for the District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) grant to cover the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. This will raise Texas’ spending on educator awards programs to over $800 million in the past six years.

In 2008-2009, the D.A.T.E. grant alone reached:

  • Over 200 Texas school districts, covering nearly half of Texas’ 312,000 teachers and 4,600,000 students
  • Over 60% of Texas’ limited English proficient and over half of the state’s economically disadvantaged students
  • Over 45% of Texas’ special education students

As the grant expands, Technical Assistance will help guide new districts in using performance awards to serve as a catalyst for systemic school reform.

News and Current Events

2010 D.A.T.E. Summer Institute

The Technical Assistance Center invites all Texas educators involved with the D.A.T.E. grant to come to the JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio, TX on June 28-30 for a three-day institute on D.A.T.E. to share lessons learned and begin planning the next steps for their strategic compensation programs. This event is completely free of chargem and Technical Assistance will pay for the travel expenses of district personnel attending the event.


Cycle 1, Year 3 Application

For all Cycle 1, Year 2 D.A.T.E. grantees, the Year 3 continuation application is now posted on the TEA Website. It is an abbreviated application. For districts who would like to make significant changes to their plans, district-level planning committees composed of teachers and administrators must establish goals consistent with and motivated by their district improvement strategic plan. An amendment will be required to make significant program changes.

The application can be found on the TEA Grant Opportunities page.

Educators Performance Systems and Classroom Challenges

What works and what doesn’t work in education? If we want to help our children learn and our teachers educate, we need to analyze and measure educational performance of public schools, using different systems for that goal.

Teachers throughout the US deal with:

See the full article here.

Yes, it is not easy to fight with. Moreover, it seems almost impossible when it comes to the U.S. public schools; but we also understand, that a simple data collection could change everything.

2010 D.A.T.E. Summer Institute Call for Proposals for Breakout Sessions

The Technical Assistance Center invites school districts, professional associations, and educational organizations to submit breakout session proposals for the 2010 D.A.T.E. Summer Institute. Proposals are due April 12 by 5 p.m. CST to txeducatorawards@utsystem.edu.

Measuring Educator Effectiveness Symposium Materials & Resources

Materials and additional resources for the Jan. 21 Measuring Educator Effectiveness Symposium are now posted on our website. You can find them and the materials for all of our past workshops here.

Educator Quality Conslidated Grant (D.A.T.E. Cycle 2) E-Grant Guides

TEA has released a series of guides for completion of the D.A.T.E. Cycle 2 E-grant application. As a reminder, the grant is part of the Educator Quality Conslidated Grant on the e-grants website.