TEAnames JT as T-STEM Academy for school year

Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:20 - Written by Staff Reports

The Texas Education Agency has designated John Tyler High School as a T-STEM Academy for this school year.

T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools with a focus on improving instruction and academic performance in science and math-related subjects, according to an agency news release.

The schools aim to increase the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. T-STEM stands for Texas science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

John Tyler is one of 16 schools statewide to receive this designation for the 2014-15 school year. It is the only northeast Texas campus to make this year’s list.

“Those working in the fields of science, technology and engineering continue to be among the most sought after and highly paid in today’s job market,” Texas education commissioner Michael Williams said. “Texas STEM academies expose students to these key subject areas and challenge them with rigor and innovative instruction that prepares them for success beyond high school.”

School districts or open-enrollment charters can apply annually for a campus to receive the T-STEM designation.

Designated T-STEM academies serve students in sixth through 12th grades or ninth through 12th grades.

This designation entitles the campus to professional development and technical assistance so it can serve as a demonstration school and learning lab.

The academies serve as examples of how to use innovative instruction methods in the classrooms. This includes integrating technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction. Texas has 91 T-STEM academies.