College and Career Readiness Models

Word Version of Letter

March 6, 2012

To the Administrator Addressed:

SUBJECT: College and Career Readiness Models

The purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment charter schools of upcoming opportunities to apply to participate in the following college and career readiness models: Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies, Early College High Schools, and the College for All Pilot. Information regarding each program and timelines for application are provided below.

T-STEM Designation

Under the authority of Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.235 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §102.1093, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed a designation process for Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies. The designation process will ensure that districts operating T-STEM Academies maintain the integrity of the model, which was designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.

In accordance with TEC §39.235, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies. Schools that receive the T-STEM designation will receive a number of benefits, including recognition as an approved T-STEM Academy; participation in T-STEM convenings; membership in the T-STEM Network; access to professional development and technical assistance, including a T-STEM leadership coach; and recognition for fidelity to the T-STEM Blueprint.

To Apply for T-STEM Designation

·         Request an application by emailing tstem@tea.texas.gov.

·         Applications are due to TEA on or before April 10, 2012, in order to open a campus as a designated T-STEM Academy during the 2012-2013 school year. The TEA will notify each applicant of its approval status to operate a designated T-STEM Academy by June 1, 2012.

·         Districts must complete this application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy Designation.

Specific information regarding the T-STEM designation process may be found in the attached information document.

Early College High School Designation

Under the authority of TEC §29.908(b) and TAC §102.1091, TEA has developed a designation process for Early College High Schools (ECHS). The designation process will ensure that districts and colleges operating Early Colleges maintain the integrity of the model, which was researched and designed to target and serve students who would not otherwise consider attending college.

In accordance with TAC §102.1091, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed ECHSs. Schools that receive the ECHS designation will receive a number of benefits, including recognition as an approved ECHS, eligibility for exemption from dual credit restrictions, eligibility for state programs and events, membership in the ECHS network, access to professional development and technical assistance, and recognition for fidelity to the ECHS model.

To Apply for ECHS Designation

·         Request an application by emailing laura.gaines@tea.texas.gov or calling Laura Gaines, ECHS Program Coordinator, at (512) 463-9581.

·         Applications are due to TEA on or before April 10, 2012, in order to open a campus as a designated ECHS during the 2012-2013 school year. The TEA will notify each applicant of its approval status to operate a designated ECHS by June 1, 2012.

·         Districts must complete this application each year in order to renew ECHS Designation.

Complete information regarding the ECHS designation process and eligibility guidelines will be available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=4464&menu_id=814.

College for All Pilot

Under the authority of Senate Bill 1, 82nd Texas Legislature, First-Called Session, 2011, General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 64, and TEC §39.235, the TEA has developed a pilot program for Texas school districts or open-enrollment charters that serve a student population of greater than 40% economically disadvantaged students and have received a rating of Exemplary, Recognized, or Academically Acceptable under the most recent state accountability rating system. The purpose of the grant is to enable a campus to create college and career pathways so that every student graduates from high school having earned some college credit leading to either an academic degree or technical certification.

To Apply for a College for All Pilot grant

The announcement letter and complete Request for Application (RFA) will be posted this summer for viewing and downloading on the TEA website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Application Timelines

 

Application Release Date

Application Due Date

Announcement to Applicants

T-STEM Designation

March 2012

April 2012

June 2012

ECHS Designation

March 2012

April 2012

June 2012

College For All Pilot

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

Sincerely,

Anita Givens

Associate Commissioner

Standards and Programs

 

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