Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT)

Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) is a collaboration between Austin Independent School District, Education Austin, and American Federation of Teachers to design a Human Capital System that blends appraisal, compensation and professional development. This work focuses resources on building the capacity of our teachers through a comprehensive system of supports and rewards with the ultimate goal of impacting student achievement. For the PPfT system, a teacher is defined as directly instructing students 50% or more of the instructional day and whose title is teacher in the HR system.

Student and teacher working together on art project

The district convened a working group of teachers, principals, administrators, and Education Austin to develop a system that includes the following:

  • A teacher appraisal that includes multiple measures 
  • A compensation system that includes years of service, performance, leadership, and professional development through a system of professional pathways
  • Professional Development that ties back to the appraisal to meet individual needs and also provides for leadership growth

Process of Developing PPfT:

In December 2013, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees approved district priorities for 2014-2015. As part of those strategic priorities, administration was given the task to research and develop professional pathways to recruit, develop, evaluate, compensate and retain high quality teachers in AISD. 

AISD spent four years creating, piloting, and reviewing a multi-measure teacher appraisal. The REACH Strategic Compensation program provided valuable feedback and data around appraisal components and compensation. The PPfT Appraisal system was approved by the Board of Trustees on February 1, 2016, and the PPfT Compensation System was approved through a consultation agreement on April 25, 2016.  

This work was led by AISD leadership who reviewed recommendations from a working group of teachers, principals, and administrators.