Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies are open-enrollment academies that provide the following:
- Dual Credit at no cost to students
- Integrated cross-curricular STEM instruction
- Engage students to innovative curriculum including problems-solving in real-world context
- Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
- Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
- Increase college readiness
- Align to regional workforce needs, guiding students into high-demand, high-wage careers
- Partner with Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) to reduce barriers to college access
The T-STEM Blueprint and STEM Framework provide foundational principles and standards for innovative partnerships with colleges, universities, and industry. The T-STEM Academies are held accountable to the outcome-based measures (OBM) in the areas of Access, Attainment, and Achievement.
To find the operation T-STEM Academies throughout the state click on the CCRSM interactive map.
STEM Education in T-STEM Academies
To ensure our Texas students are prepared for this future workforce, The Texas Education Agency has developed the Texas Lone Star STEM strategic initiative to promote STEM education in Texas. The K-12 STEM Framework provides the definition, theory of action, and objectives for implementing STEM education across Texas. The framework includes strategies for success, differentiated STEM implementation models, research-based methods of instruction, and high-quality STEM indicators. Stakeholders will be able to use this framework as a guide when creating their customized STEM programs.
A secondary STEM campus can become Designated by the TEA through the CCRSM Designation process. T-STEM academies are College Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) that are STEM Designated secondary schools (6-12 or 9-12) focused on rigorous coursework which includes postsecondary credentialing and a STEM integrated approach to instruction through real-world problem solving. The T-STEM Academies are designed to increase access for young people to STEM-rich learning environments so that they master necessary STEM Fluency skills needed for success in STEM careers.
T-STEM Blueprint Revision 2021-2022
Texas Education Agency (TEA) is in the process of revising the current T-STEM Blueprint. During the fall of 2020, a T-STEM Landscape survey was released for public feedback. In the spring and summer of 2021, the TEA held 12 T-STEM focus groups from February until June to dig into he strengths and challenges of the design of the T-STEM Blueprint and input on the current OBMS. The recommendations of each focus group will be balanced against the needs of carious stakeholders across the state. A public comment period will be available for all stakeholders to review the revised T-STEM Blueprint in late fall 2021 to early spring 2022. More information will be provided through the CCRSM network and newsletter.
The following laws and rules related to T-STEM programs are available below:
The designation process ensures that districts and colleges operating T-STEM academies maintain the integrity of the model, which was researched and designed to target and serve students who might not otherwise attend college. Access the CCRSM interactive map to locate T-STEMs across Texas HERE.
To launch a T-STEM program, a district must submit a Planning Year Application to be eligible to open a new T-STEM Academy, become a member of the TEA's official planning year cohort, and begin serving students the following academic year.