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Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative February 2009. Why T-STEM? College Readiness. Texas has lower percentages of students taking AP exams in Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than the nation and lower percentages of students scoring a 3 or higher.

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why t stem college readiness
Why T-STEM? College Readiness
  • Texas has lower percentages of students taking AP exams in Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than the nation and lower percentages of students scoring a 3 or higher.

Source: TEA presentation to TSELA (2007)

why t stem student performance
Why T-STEM? Student Performance
  • High school students continue to pass the Mathematics and Science sections of the high school graduation test (TAKS) at lower rates than the ELA or Social Studies sections.

Source: Texas Education Agency, AEIS (2008)

why t stem economic development competitiveness
Why T-STEM? Economic Development & Competitiveness
  • Of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected through 2010, 15 of them require substantial mathematics or science preparation.
  • On TIMSS 2007, U.S. 8th graders scored lower than 5 countries located in Asia in mathematics and lower than 9 countries in Asia and Europe in science.


Aerospace & Defense

Biotech & Life Sciences

Information & Computer Tech

Advanced Tech & Manufacturing

Petroleum Refining & Chemical Products

Source: The Next Frontier (2008) TAMEST

and Highlights from TIMSS 2007 (2008)


why t stem was created opportunity
Why T-STEM Was Created? Opportunity
  • Students of all income levels who take rigorous mathematics and science courses in high school are more likely to go to college.
  • Taking advanced math has a direct impact on future earnings. All else being equal, inequities in advanced math courses account for one-quarter of the income gap between students from low income and middle-class families ten years after graduation from high school..

Source: Mathematics Equals Opportunity (1997)US Department of Education

and Advanced Math: Closing the Equity Gap (2008) Math Works

t stem academies prepare students for stem post secondary study and careers
T-STEM Academies - Prepare students for STEM post secondary study and careers
  • Develop the capacity to design and/or replicate and sustain performance-driven school models.
  • Transform instructional practice to model real world contexts for learning to improve student achievement for all students.
  • Serve as demonstration sites to inform STEM teaching and learning statewide.
t stem academies
T-STEM Academies


Harmony Science-Fort Worth

Waxahachie ISD – Waxahachie Global

Dallas ISD - Conrad HS

Harmony Science –Dallas

Richardson ISD – Berkner HS

Peak Academy-Williams Prep

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD - METSA

Harmony School of Nature – Dallas

Irving Academy


New Deal ISD

Harmony Science-Lubbock


Burnham Wood –Da Vinci – El Paso

Harmony Science El Paso

El Paso ISD/El Paso CC


Waco ISD – AJ Moore

Texas BioSci - Temple College

Manor ISD

Rapoport - Waco

Harmony Science - Waco

Harmony Science - Austin


Harmony Science –San Antonio

North East ISD – Lee HS/Nimitz MS

Corpus Christi ISD – Innovative Academy

IDEA Academy – San Benito

IDEA Academy -Mission

La Sara ISD

Valley View ISD

School of Excellence – San Antonio

Harmony Science – Laredo

Harmony Science – Brownsville

Pharr San-Juan Alamo/South Texas College


Aldine ISD – Carver HS


Harmony School of Excellence

KIPP Houston

Harmony Science- Beaumont

Harmony Science – Houston

Longview ISD – Longview Global

Fruitvale ISD

Galveston ISD – Ball HS

Harmony School of Science

Energized for Excellence - HISD

Early Innovators

2006 Academies

2007 Academies

2008 Academies

t stem academies1
T-STEM Academies

39 Academies

  • 22 Charter Academies
  • 17 ISD Academies
  • Configurations
  • Grades 9-12 (14)
  • Grades 6-12 (25)
  • Including (3) T-STEM ECHS


  • Focus Areas
  • Urban areas and Texas-Mexico border
  • First-generation college students
  • Economically disadvantaged students
do all academies look alike
Do all Academies Look Alike?
  • Academies differ
    • STEM specialty areas adopted
    • Grade level configurations (9-12 or 6-12)
    • School designation (school-within-a school or stand-alone)
  • All Academies follow the T-STEM Design Blueprint and reflect the model’s non-negotiables.
t stem academies who are we serving
Enrollment (2008-2009)

9032 (39 schools)

T-STEM Academies: Who are we serving?
  • Demographics (2008-2009)
  • 59% Hispanic
  • 12% African American
  • 25 % White
  • 4% Other
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • 54% receive free or reduced meals
  • 13/22 Academies open in 2007-2008 are designated Title I Schools

Source: Texas Education Agency (2008)

student success indicators
Student Success Indicators
  • Academy Attendance Rate

96.7% vs. State Attendance Rate 95.5%

  • 64% of Academies report

‘0’ discipline incidents

  • 98% of students on track

to graduate in 4 years

Source: Texas Education Agency and Self-reported (2008)

academy success indicators
Academy Success Indicators

Source: Texas Education Agency and Self-reported (2008)


T-STEM Academy Design What do our schools look like?

  • Secondary schools
  • Mix of public charter schools, traditional district schools
  • Stand alone or school-within-a- school
  • Small learning communities -100 students per grade
  • Serve a population with a majority representation of high- need students
  • Open enrollment, non- selective, admission by lottery
  • Rigorous, STEM integrated curriculum utilizing the design process
  • High quality, contextually- based teaching and learning
  • Student advisory and extensive support systems
t stem blueprint design benchmarks
Mission-Driven Leadership

Mission and Vision

Leadership and Governance

Program Review and Evaluation

Leadership Development and Collaboration

T-STEM Academy Culture and Design



Postsecondary Success

Student Outreach, Access and Retention


Open Access

Student Support and Retention

Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention

Highly Qualified Teachers

Teacher Support and Development

Teacher Retention

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment


STEM-focused Curriculum

Instructional Practices

STEM Education Integration



Strategic Alliances

Parent and/or Family Participation

Business and School Community

Institutions of Higher Education

Communication with Alliance Members and Stakeholders

Academy Advancement and Sustainability

Strategic Planning

Sustainability and Growth

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

T-STEM Blueprint Design Benchmarks
successful implementation
Successful Implementation
  • Critical components to the successful implementation of the T-STEM Academy model
    • Strong College-going Culture
    • Autonomy
    • Leadership
    • Teachers
implementation and fidelity to the model
Implementation and Fidelity to the Model
  • Technical Assistance
    • STEM Leadership Coaches
    • T-STEM Centers
    • Professional Development
    • Site Visits
  • T-STEM Tools
    • Blueprint Progress Continuum and Self-assessment - used to monitor implementation and chart plan for support for schools
  • Student and School Performance Data
  • Performance Data
    • Student TAKS scores
    • Graduation rates
    • Results of College Readiness Assessments
    • Student enrollment and successful completion of STEM cores courses and AP, IB, and dual credit courses
  • Program Data
      • Curriculum
      • Instruction Strategies
      • Student Support
  • Rely on self-reporting from the Academies
  • Working with partners to find more reliable and efficient ways to collect, manage, and use data

T-STEM Centers

  • Design
  • Physically located in universities and ESCs
  • Serve the education needs of local areas
  • Provide expertise across the state


  • North Texas STEM
  • Texas A&M
  • Dallas ISD
  • ESC Region 10


  • Texas Tech T-STEM
  • Texas Tech
  • Lubbock ISD
  • ESC Regions 14 -18


East Texas STEM

  • UT Tyler
  • TX A&M Texarkana
  • ESC Regions 5-8 & 6
  • ISDs in NE Texas
  • Southeast Regional STEM
  • UT Medical Branch
  • Rice
  • Texas State
  • NASA
  • ESC Regions 3-5
  • Houston Museum of Natural Sci
  • 9 ISDs (including Houston,
  • Galveston, Cypress
  • Fairbanks)


  • El Paso T-STEM
  • UT El Paso
  • 12 El Paso area school districts
  • Region 19


  • Transformation 2013
  • Region 13 in Austin (partnering w/)
  • ESC Region 20 in San Antonio
  • UT Austin College of Engineering
  • San Antonio ISD
  • Taylor ISD
  • Dana Center at UT Austin
  • Providing support to centers and academies, as well as other schools across Texas


El Centro del Futuro

  • Region One(partnering w/)
  • UT Pan Am
  • 13 school districts, and the
  • UT Dana Center
t stem initiative
T-STEM Initiative

T-STEM Academies

 T-STEM Centers

 Leadership

 Network/Learning Community