T-STEM Benchmarks

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.

Benchmark 1: School Design

  • Annual training and professional development calendar and plan for teachers
  • Mentor Induction Program Plan
  • T-STEM leadership meetings and agenda notes

Benchmark 2: Target Population

  • Written admission policy and enrollment application
  • Written recruitment plan including a timeline of recruitment and enrollment events, and recruitment materials for distribution at feeder schools and other appropriate locations in the community
  • Brochures and marketing in Spanish, English, and/or other relevant language(s)
  • Written communication plan for targeting identified audiences, parents, community members, school board, higher education personnel, etc.

Benchmark 3: Strategic Alliances

Benchmark 4: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Four-year crosswalk document
  • Master schedule
  • Curriculum alignment documents
  • Testing calendar and schedule for TSI, ACT, and SAT
  • Documentation detailing a minimum of three course of study examples that outline student pathways from high school, to associate degree, to industry certifications and beyond

Benchmark 5: Work-Based Learning

Benchmark 6: Student Support

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