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Purpose

The T-STEM Initiative includes academies, professional development centers, and a network all designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.

T-STEM Academies

Demonstration schools and learning labs to develop innovative instruction methods and integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction serving students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.

T-STEM Aerospace/Rocketry Program

Promote engineering studies and research, develops workforce skills, encourage students to graduate from high school and enter academic and career paths in STEM fields that lead to careers in the engineering industries.

T-STEM Centers

Partners with universities, regional service centers, local education agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to create instructional materials and high-quality professional development.

T-STEM Co-Curricular Engineering Activities/Robotics

Provides a hands-on experience in solving real world challenges, exposes students to physics, mechanics, electronics, programming, business, financial management, teamwork, and leadership.

T-STEM Network

Online professional development, exemplar profiles, and resources in STEM education.

T-STEM Leadership

Replication of the UTeach Institute, a nationally recognized mathematics and science teacher preparation program developed by the University of Texas at Austin.

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Performance

T-STEM Academies

65 designated T-STEM Academies: (2012-2013 School Year)

  • 26 campuses grades 9-12
  • 39 campuses grades 6-12

Over 35,000 students served

Models:

  • School-within-school (SwS)
  • Stand alone models

T-STEM Centers

  • 7 T-STEM Centers
  • Over 2,800 teachers supported 
  • Specialized areas of concentration

UTeach Institute Replication

  • University of Houston 
  • University of North Texas 
  • University of Texas at Dallas 
  • University of Texas at Tyler 
  • University of Texas at Arlington

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Funding Information

2012-13 biennium:

  • State - $13,000,000

2010-11 biennium:

  • State - $20,000,000

2008-09 biennium:

  • State - $20,000,000
  • Communities Foundation of Texas - $9,000,000

Prior to 2008-09 biennium:

  • TEA (state and federal) - $30,000,000
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $20,000,000
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation - $20,000,000
  • National Instruments - $1,000,000

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Laws and Rules

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title II, Part B, Math & Science Partnerships
  • Texas Education Code §39.235

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Resources

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Contacts

Federal & State Education Policy
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
512/936.6060

Stacy Avery

April 22, 2014

Survey on new financial accountability indicators now available

A brief survey asking for input on the indicators that will form the new financial accountability system required by House Bill 5 is now available on the TEA website’s home page. The survey will be open until May 18. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Accountability Division at (512) 463-9238.

April 17, 2014

Two Texas students selected for National Youth Science Camp

The Texas Education Agency today announced that two students have been selected to represent Texas as delegates to the 2014 National Youth Science Camp. The National Youth Science Camp, one of the nation’s premier programs in secondary science education, is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds.

April 14, 2014

Commissioner Williams to appoint Beaumont ISD Board of Managers

  Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his decision to appoint a board of managers to oversee the management of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The Commissioner also announced his intent to name a new superintendent for the district.

April 11, 2014

Proclamation 2016 to include ethnic studies materials

 The State Board of Education Friday broadened its call for new textbooks for Special Topics in Social Studies to include but not be limited to, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies and Asian American Studies.