Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers:
- Provide dual credit at no cost to students
- Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
- Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
- Increase college readiness
- Reduce barriers to college access
- Align to regional workforce needs for ICIA, P-TECH, and T-STEM models
School districts or open-enrollment charters may apply for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation if certain criteria are met. Campuses awarded T-STEM Designation are provided technical assistance and professional development to ensure implementation of the T-STEM Blueprint with fidelity. Sample designation criteria are below:
- Target and enroll students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
- Be a school of choice with no requirements for enrollment such as test scores, essay questions etc.
- Serve grades 6-12 or grades 9-12 with an active relationship with the feeder middle school(s).
- Implement the T-STEM Blueprint and demonstrate progress on the Blueprint continuum.
Texas is home to 94 state designated T-STEM Academies and has 9 planning year campuses for the 2018-2019 school year.
2018-2019 T-STEM Designated Campuses
2017-2018 T-STEM Designated Campuses
2016-2017 T-STEM Designated Campuses
Laws and Rules
Texas Education Code, §39.235; Texas Administrative Code §102.1093
General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 49, 85th Texas Legislature, 2017
T-STEM Blueprint Redesign
During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, TEA has engaged with stakeholder groups across Texas to provide recommendations to the T-STEM Blueprint and Designation process. TEA has incorporated those recommendations and included Outcomes-Based Measures (OBMs) into a draft version of a T-STEM redesigned Blueprint.
TEA is seeking stakeholder input on the draft version of the T-STEM redesigned Blueprint. To provide feedback on the draft recommendations, please complete the public comment form.
The public comment period is open Thursday, February 15, 2018 -Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
View the overview walkthrough of the Texas College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) and rationale for redesigning the Blueprint.
Download a PDF version of the T-STEM Blueprint Redesign recommendations.
T-STEM Blueprint Benchmarks:
- Mission-driven leadership
- T-STEM Culture
- Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention
- Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Strategic Alliances
- Academy Advancement and Sustainability