PPfT Compensation


Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) is the result of the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, Education Austin, and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to design a Human Capital System that blends appraisal, compensation, professional learning, and teacher leadership.  The Board of Trustees approved a consultation agreement on April 25, 2016 to implement a new compensation framework beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.  For the PPfT system, a teacher is defined as directly instructing students 50% or more of the instructional day, whose primary assignment is a teaching assignment.

To review the components of PPfT Compensation, please see the 21-22 Compensation Overview

The Framework

The PPfT Compensation Framework is base-building, which means it adds permanent pay increases to a teacher’s base salary. Teachers will enter the system at their current base salary that is based on their teaching experience to honor their years of experience. This framework does not impact stipends or board approved raises. Teachers will still be able to earn all district approved stipends and raises. 

The framework builds the base through a point system.  Teachers will earn professional points each year.  Points are cumulative and determine the amount of the base increase. Teachers can earn points from five elements: Service, Appraisal, Professional Development Unit, Leadership Pathways, and Leadership Pathways Plus 1.

Elements Professional Points Per Year
Current Year of Service 1
Appraisal Standard Enhanced
Effective 4 6
Highly Effective 7 12
Distinguished 10 20
PDU (Professional Development Unit)


Leadership Pathways Professional Points (Per 2 Years)
4 Micro-Credentials & Badge 15
Leadership Pathways Plus 1 1

Base Salary Increases

As teachers earn points, they will become eligible for base salary increases outlined on the table below. Teachers earn increases when the point amount is earned at the end of the school year. The base salary increase will be added to the teacher’s salary for the following year. For example, once a teacher earns 5 points, the teacher will receive a $500 increase to the base salary.  Once the teacher earns an additional 5 points, for a total of 10 points, the teacher will earn another $750 increase. The next increase would come at 20 points. The amount associated with the points is only earned once but the base salary increase is permanent, while staffed in a teaching position in AISD. The increases below are based on a full-time 187-day teaching contract.    

For more information, please access the 21-22 Compensation Overview


Professional Points Base Increase
5 $500
10-300 pt. max. $750 per ea. 10 pt. increment achieved
For each increment of 10 (300 point maximum) there is a $750 increase

Enhanced Compensation Campuses

Enhanced Compensation Campuses are defined as the top 25% of campuses at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with the highest instructional services index, which takes into account the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, percentage of students served in Bilingual/ESL programs, and the percentage of students served with special education programs. Multi-year improvement required campuses who are not in the top 25% will also be included. Enhanced Compensation Campuses are designed to provide recruitment and retention support to campuses.

Please refer to the list of campuses below for the 2021-22 school year designated as enhanced compensation:


  • Andrews
  • Barrington
  • Brown
  • Cook
  • Galindo
  • Guerrero-Thompson
  • Harris
  • Hart
  • Jordan
  • Langford
  • McBee
  • Metz-Sanchez
  • Overton
  • Padron
  • Perez
  • Pickle
  • Uphaus
  • Walnut Creek
  • Wooldridge
  • Wooten


  • Burnet
  • Dobie
  • Garcia
  • Sadler Means
  • Webb


  • Eastside Memorial
  • Navarro
  • Northeast
  • Travis

Accountability-Based Campuses

  • Martin
  • Mendez
  • Widen

Special Campuses

  • Rosedale

Optional PPfT Compensation Components

In addition to earning points for the overall appraisal and year of service, teachers interested in the opportunity to earn additional compensation points can participate in one of the three optional components of compensation:

  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) 
  • Leadership Pathways (LPs) 
  • LP Plus 1 

To learn more about these two options from teachers who have participated in these offerings, please watch this video.

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are optional and are similar to action-research projects where teams of teachers identify a need that they plan to focus on throughout the year and develop a plan of study and implementation to address that need. 

PDUs are designed to be a rigorous long-term study in which teachers utilize a repeating cycle of engagement in PD/research, implementation in the classroom, data collection, and evaluation. Team members must be willing to work closely together and devote time in and out of the classroom to successfully complete the process. PDUs culminate in the submission of an online product that meets specific criteria. Those interested in pursuing a PDU will apply at the end of August to begin the process by the end of September. *

*Teachers are not eligible to participate in PDUs and LP concurrently.

Opting-in to PDUs

All current AISD teachers who are interested in participating in a PDU will opt-in to the PDU process during the fall window through an AISD Cloud based app. Once opted-in, PDU members will be added to a BLEND course to guide their work and allow for submission of PDU assignments.

PDU Resources

Teachers or staff interested in learning more about the PDU resources, please visit the AISD PDU internal website. AISD log in credentials required.

PDU Support Contact Information

Omar Castillo
Coordinator, Employee Effectiveness

Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways will provide teachers with the opportunity to develop their expertise in one of several areas of interest aligned with district priorities. These Leadership Pathways are intended to empower and grow all AISD teachers, allowing them to become leaders on their campus or throughout the district. These are optional opportunities for teachers to pursue, based on their interest and schedules.

Teachers pursuing a Leadership Pathway participate in a two-year process focused on a specific district priority. The topics for 2020-2021 are Advanced Academics, Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness, Literacy, Problem-Based Learning, Social & Emotional Learning, and Transformative Technology. The process will allow teachers to earn micro-credentials in four targeted areas through engagement in professional learning, application of that learning into practice, and reflection on the impact to their teaching.

In order to participate in a Leadership Pathway, teachers must:

  • Have two years of teaching experience
  • Have an effective or better rating on the PPfT Appraisal 
  • Maintain that rating or better throughout the process

Opting-in to Leadership Pathways

Teachers who are interested may opt-in to a Leadership Pathway. The Leadership Pathways opt-in will take place during the spring window, through an AISD Cloud based app, for the pathways launching in the following fall semester.

Leadership Pathway Resources

Teachers or staff interested in learning more about Leadership Pathways, please visit the AISD LP internal website. AISD login credentials required for access.

Leadership Pathway Support Contact Information

Lead: Kimberly Valenzuela
Employee Effectiveness Coordinator

Leadership Pathways Plus 1

The Leadership Pathways Plus 1 program is available for experienced Leadership Pathway teachers who are not participating in a new Leadership Pathway or a PDU option during a given school year.

The goal of Leadership Pathways Plus 1 is:

  • to extend the learning of experienced LP teachers in their respective district priority area
  • to provide opportunities for experienced LP teachers to serve in a leadership role; and
  • to grant an additional route to increased salary under PPfT Compensation.

The Leadership Pathways Plus 1 teacher agrees to:

  • share their LP knowledge and skills in the capacity of either mentor, professional learning facilitator, or micro-credential submission scorer;
  • serve in this leadership role while adhering to the district’s core beliefs as outlined in our strategic plan;
  • provide status updates to the LP project manager per established protocol; and
  • furnish required documentation to evidence the fulfillment of these expectations, and all obligations pertaining to their LP Plus 1 option by the established deadline.

Opting-in to Leadership Pathways Plus 1

Teachers who are interested may opt-in to Leadership Pathways Plus 1. The Leadership Pathways Plus 1 opt-in will take place during the August window, through an AISD Cloud based app, and will begin that same fall semester. Teachers will be added to a BLEND course to guide their work and allow for submission of LP Plus 1 assignments.

LP Plus 1 Resources

Teachers or staff interested in learning more about LP Plus 1, please click here. AISD login credentials required for access.

Leadership Pathways Plus 1 Support Contact Information:

Lead: Kimberly Valenzuela
Employee Effectiveness Coordinator