The Texas Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TC-STEM) provides research-based professional development, resources, and support to improve the capacity of Texas secondary schools to prepare students who are college and work-ready in mathematics and science—particularly students from low-income and minority backgrounds.
TC-STEM has organized its work around five key objectives:
- Support the development of strong processes, products, and services by other state T-STEM Centers, thus building capacity across the state and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the T-STEM initiative.
- Provide strategic, programmatic, and technical support for the creation of strong and effective T-STEM Centers.
- Provide limited, targeted support for T-STEM Academies.
- Support schools in the development and/or selection of alternative fourth-year course(s) in mathematics and science that integrate the two content areas (and that include technology and engineering as appropriate) and comply with state requirements.
- Work in partnership with the Texas High School Project's T-STEM staff to ensure quality of the T-STEM evaluation design.
TC-STEM is housed at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The Dana Center established a partnership with the Texas High School Project in 2006 to serve as the lead Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Technical Assistance Center in mathematics and science.