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Title: Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative


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.

Source TEA presentation to TSELA (2007)
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

  • 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

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) NCES

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 - Transforming Teaching and
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
North 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
Panhandle New Deal ISD Harmony Science-Lubbock
West Burnham Wood Da Vinci El Paso Harmony
Science El Paso El Paso ISD/El Paso CC
Central Waco ISD AJ Moore Texas BioSci - Temple
College Manor ISD Rapoport - Waco Harmony Science
- Waco Harmony Science - Austin
East Aldine ISD Carver HS YES Prep SE 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
South 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
Early Innovators 2006 Academies 2007
Academies 2008 Academies
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?
  • Academies differ
  • STEM specialty areas adopted
  • Grade level configurations (9-12 or 6-12)
  • School designation (school-within-a school or
  • All Academies follow the T-STEM Design Blueprint
    and reflect the models non-negotiables.

T-STEM Academies Who are we serving?
  • Enrollment (2008-2009)
  • 9032 (39 schools)
  • 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
  • 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
Academy Success Indicators
2008 Texas State Accountability Rating Number of Academies
Academically Exemplary 11
Academically Recognized 6
Academically Acceptable 5
Source Texas Education Agency and Self-reported
T-STEM Academy Design What do our schools look
  • Secondary schools
  • Mix of public charter schools, traditional
    district schools
  • Stand alone or school-within-a- school
  • Small learning communities -100 students per
  • Serve a population with a majority
    representation of high- need students
  • Open enrollment, non- selective, admission by
  • Rigorous, STEM integrated curriculum
    utilizing the design process
  • High quality, contextually- based teaching and
  • Student advisory and extensive support systems

T-STEM Blueprint Design Benchmarks
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Rigor
  • STEM-focused Curriculum
  • Instructional Practices
  • STEM Education Integration
  • Literacy
  • Assessment
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Parent and/or Family Participation
  • Business and School Community
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Communication with Alliance Members and
  • Academy Advancement and Sustainability
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainability and Growth
  • Continuous Improvement and Evaluation
  • Mission-Driven Leadership
  • Mission and Vision
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Program Review and Evaluation
  • Leadership Development and Collaboration
  • T-STEM Academy Culture and Design
  • Personalization
  • Culture
  • Postsecondary Success
  • Student Outreach, Access and Retention
  • Recruitment
  • Open Access
  • Student Support and Retention
  • Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Teacher Support and Development

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • North Texas STEM
  • Texas AM
  • Dallas ISD
  • ESC Region 10
  • Panhandle
  • Texas Tech T-STEM
  • Texas Tech
  • Lubbock ISD
  • ESC Regions 14 -18
  • East
  • East Texas STEM
  • UT Tyler
  • TX AM 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)
  • West
  • El Paso T-STEM
  • UT El Paso
  • 12 El Paso area school districts
  • Region 19
  • Central
  • 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
  • South
  • El Centro del Futuro
  • Region One (partnering w/)
  • UT Pan Am
  • 13 school districts, and the
  • UT Dana Center

T-STEM Initiative
  • ? T-STEM Academies
  • ? T-STEM Centers
  • ? Leadership
  • ? Network/Learning Community

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