2020 LIFT Amendments

UPDATED 11-16-2020

The Longview Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a series of amendments to the Longview Incentive For Teachers (LIFT) program during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 16th.

To maintain the Longview Incentive For Teachers (LIFT) program's momentum, the LISD Board of Trustees voted to continue the program without interruption regardless of the weakened academic data (due to COVID closure) for the 2019-20 school year, with the following qualifications:

1. The LIFT model calculations are amended/adjusted for one year only.

2. The LIFT model calculations follow the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) formula using a combination of weighted 2017-20 academic data to determine teacher "levels."

3. Award Distinction Monies using a 3-year average for the campuses and district for years 2017-19 Designations.
          a. Award is determined by the employee's place of employment at the conclusion of the 2019-20 year.

4. Eligibility is earned by being a current 2020-21 employee who was employed at least 90 days of the 2019-20 calendar year or one full semester.

5. Waive the attendance rule for the 2019-20 year only.

6. No appeals, since most of the data being used for LIFT awards is from prior years.

7. Per pupil and distinction amounts will remain the same as the 2018-19 school year distribution.

The emphasis on closing the achievement gaps will remain by staying focused and committed to the economically disadvantaged student population's academic data. Although it is recommended that Longview ISD follow the TIA model for calculation of growth, it is not recommended that we include "all students in the determination of "levels," as does the TIA.