Number of teachers eligible to apply for DTR increases by 25 percent


More than 2,000 teachers were identified this year as eligible to apply to the Distinguished Teacher Review process, which aims to identify and reward the most effective Dallas ISD teachers. This represents more than a 25 percent increase than the number of teachers invited to apply to the DTR process in the 2014-15 school year.

To meet DTR eligibility criteria, teachers excelled in all relevant components of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, including teacher performance, student achievement, and student surveys. The teachers also earned TEI evaluation scores in the top 25 percent of their teacher category.

The 2015-16 DTR process was broken into two application waves. In Wave 1, more than 1,000 newly DTR-eligible teachers were invited to apply; these teachers were eligible to apply based upon their 2014-15 evaluation scores. Wave 1 teachers received their application links in late September and submitted their 2015-16 DTR applications by Nov. 4.

The Wave 2 DTR application window opened on Dec. 7, and more than 1,200 teachers were identified as DTR eligible. Wave 2 applicants are teachers new to Dallas ISD and teachers who earned the Distinguished status in 2014-15 and are applying to advance an effectiveness level.

To learn more about the DTR process, visit the DTR section of the TEI homepage at


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