Year One – System development and application process - Cohort applications are released in November of each year and are due to TEA by April of the following calendar year (link to cohort timelines). For example: Cohort G applications will be released November 1, 2023 and are due April 15, 2024. Approval notification will take place in May of 2024, with an opportunity to revise and resubmit. Final application approval or denial notification will occur in August of 2024.
Year Two – Data Collection year: Districts will collect teacher observation and student growth data for eligible teaching assignments put forth in the application and submit to Texas Tech University for validity and reliability testing. Data must be submitted by October following the data collection year. For example: Upon application approval, Cohort F will collect data during the 2023-2024 school year and submit the data by October 17, 2024.
Year Three – Final designation and allotment notification – Districts will get final notification of system approval in February following the data submission and final designation and allotment notification in April of the same year. Districts have until August 31st of that year to distribute the allocations based on the spending plan submitted as part of the application process. For Example: Cohort E will get notification of system approval in February 2024 and final designation and allotment notification in April 2024. They then have until August 31, 2024 to distribute the allotments to teachers. This must come from the district’s general fund to be reimbursed by TEA in September 2024.