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.
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.
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.