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Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF)

Supporting Educators to Improve Student Achievement

Cincinnati Public Schools is one of 24 Ohio school districts participating in the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program, aimed at supporting educators to improve student achievement.

Within CPS — the only large urban district among the participating Ohio districts — 29 schools have been designated as TIF schools, based on low student performance in recent years. (CPS’ TIF schools:  25 elementary schools, 2 preschool -12th grade schools, and 2 high schools)

The five-year Ohio TIF grant provides CPS with federal resources to support and recognize highly effective educators for their impact on student achievement. About 3,300 teachers and 150 administrators around Ohio are participating in Ohio TIF, all benefiting from the data, support and professional development they are receiving to enhance the teaching and learning in their classrooms.

At CPS, TIF money is providing for Lead Teachers and Content Innovation Specialists at all 29 TIF schools. TIF funds also provided an extra professional development day for teachers at the CPS TIF schools.

Across Ohio, year one of the Ohio TIF program (2010-11) focused on training and development around the grant’s requirements, data criteria and implications, and identification of each district’s goals and objectives. In the grant’s remaining years, districts are expected to expand and refine their methods of recognizing teachers for student achievement. To do this, districts must incorporate several key components, including:

  • New evaluation systems for principals and teachers
  • Staff education on the use of value-added information as a diagnostic tool
  • Targeted professional development plans designed to inform educators’ use of data

Ohio TIF is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids, a  national, not-for-profit organization that provides counsel and solutions in such areas as the use of strategic measures and practices for improving educator effectiveness.

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