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:

  1. 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.
  2. Provide strategic, programmatic, and technical support for the creation of strong and effective T-STEM Centers.
  3. Provide limited, targeted support for T-STEM Academies.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.