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Master Teacher Initiative

About the Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) 2.0 and Beyond

MTI 2.0 and Beyond is a proposed multi-measure teacher designation system that will incorporate domains and metrics that collectively define excellent teaching based on SAISD’s values for teacher development and performance. It is an evolution of MTI 1.0 that will meet the state’s rigorous requirements under the House Bill 3 Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). As part of this bill, the legislature and TEA have committed to supporting districts with initiatives that recognize excellent teaching on the condition that local initiatives meet rigorous state requirements. SAISD is applying to secure TIA funding and pending approval, SAISD will begin to designate teachers in the 2020-21 school year under MTI 2.0 and Beyond. 

Teachers do not need to apply for MTI 2.0 and Beyond. Under MTI 2.0, teachers of STAAR/EOC-tested subjects are eligible for a designation, starting in the 2020-21 school year. By the 2022-23 school year, the system will evolve into MTI 3.0, and all teachers across all grade levels and subjects will be eligible to earn a designation. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation of state-wide assessments, the state has developed requirements and guidelines that impact teacher eligibility for the 2020-21 designations. To be eligible for a designation in the upcoming year, teachers must:

  • have taught a STAAR/EOC course in the 2018-19 school year and
  • have a T-TESS end of year rating for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

Summer 2020

District submits system application for MTI 2.0 to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) 

Fall 2020

District receives system approval for the MTI 2.0 system

District submits designated teachers to TEA for approval

Spring 2021

Teacher designations approved by TEA and teachers informed of official designations

A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions addresses the following topics: 

  • COVID-19 Impact on MTI 2.0 and Beyond Implementation
  • Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) and MTI 2.0 and Beyond Background 
  • Overview of Proposed Components of MTI 2.0 and Beyond
  • Classroom Observation and Performance Domain
  • Student Achievement Domain
  • Teacher Leadership and Collaboration Domain
  • Student Experience Domain
  • Teacher Eligibility for MTI 2.0 and Beyond
  • Roster Verification for MTI 2.0 and Beyond
  • Current Master Teachers under MTI 1.0
  • Teacher Designation Levels (Master, Exemplary, and Recognized) and Funding
  • Required Additional Days and Hours
  • Stakeholder Feedback 

District staff can access additional resources on the MTI 2.0 and Beyond SharePoint site.


Please direct any questions and comments about MTI 2.0 and Beyond to

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Stakeholders are also welcome to share anonymously using our feedback form

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