Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. T-STEM Academies are demonstration schools and learning labs that develop innovative methods to improve science and mathematics instructions.
T-STEM Blueprint Benchmarks:
- Mission-driven leadership
- T-STEM Culture
- Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention
- Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Strategic Alliances
- Academy Advancement and Sustainability
T-STEM academies are required to develop an admission policy to include an open-access, lottery-based selection process that encourages applications from all students. The application will not be based on state assessment scores, discipline history, teacher recommendation, minimum GPA, or other requirements that would be used to limit selection. The academy shall consist of a population that is 50% or greater economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students.