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Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Designation

Why T-STEM?  The T-STEM Designation focuses on the implementation of teaching and learning practices that increases the number of Texas high school students from diverse backgrounds graduating prepared to succeed in postsecondary studies and careers in STEM-related fields. The designation rubric for T-STEM academies emphasizes and measures progress in the following benchmark areas:

  • Mission Driven Leadership
  • Culture and Design
  • Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Advancement and Sustainability
More details and information are available at http://www.tstemblueprint.org/ 


If you have a campus in your district that is a current T-STEM Designated campus or wishes to become a T-STEM Designated campus please see the information below from the TEA posting on March 21st:

“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 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 TAC §102.1093, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies.”

The Transformation Central T-STEM Center is a partnership between ESC Region 13 and ESC Region 20. Staff at both ESCs provide leadership, support, and professional development in alignment with the T-STEM Blueprint.

Contacts for Transformation Central are:

German Ramos – german.ramos@esc13.txed.net

Ravae Shaffer – Ravae.Shaeffer@esc20.net

Jennifer Drumm – jennifer.drumm@esc13.txed.net


For assistance completing the application:

  • The current 77 designated T-STEM Academies may contact their T-STEM coach and should incorporate information from the self-assessment conducted in 2014.
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