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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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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


  • 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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Federal & State Education Policy
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Stacy Avery

July 23, 2014

Commissioner Williams seeks extension of ESEA waiver and extends teacher, principal evaluation and support systems pilot

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. 

July 18, 2014

TEA launches federal grant flexibility initiative

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts, charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered through TEA.

July 14, 2014

Commissioner Williams names Beaumont ISD Board of Managers

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a seven-member board of managers for the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The board of managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of the BISD, including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct identified deficiencies and to implement effective, structural and procedural improvement strategies for long-term, positive change. 

June 24, 2014

TEA advises districts of Community and Student Engagement deadline

The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings. Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement.