The Glossary section provides a list of terms that are used throughout the T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint. As you meet with other academy leaders and T-STEM Coaches, attend professional development events, and speak with the T-STEM Centers, the terms listed in this section will be used frequently. To ensure clarity of the terms, a brief definition accompanies each of the words listed. In addition, some hyperlinks have been added as additional resources for some of the terms listed. If there is a term not listed that you would like further clarification on, please feel free to contact us.

  1. Accelerated (5.1.C)
    Curriculum, instruction, learning, and assessment designed to identify and close gaps in student knowledge base and process application
  2. Achieve Texas

    AchieveTexas is designed to help students (and their parents) make wise education choices. It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education. When schools integrate academic and technical education, students can see the “usefulness” of what they are learning. The system also facilitates a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary opportunities. This initiative uses the sixteen federally defined Career Clusters of the States’ Career Clusters initiative ( as the foundation for restructuring how schools arrange their instructional programs. A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. The sixteen Career Clusters provide an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies, and magnet schools. Career programs of study (POS) have been developed for each of the Career Clusters. The POS represent a recommended sequence of coursework based on a student’s interest or career goal.

  3. Achieve Texas STEM Cluster

    Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (physical science, social science, and engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

  4. Advisory Board

    A recommended Advisory Board consists of representatives from the Academy, school board, district, community, higher education, and STEM businesses. The vision of the Academy Board is to ensure a successful 6th-20th STEM academic and career pipeline. The mission of the Advisory Board is to support and offer input regarding Academy operations such as facility requirements, resource acquisition, curriculum development, internship, externships, and student/community outreach.

  5. Annual Action Plan (AAP)

    Upon completing the T-STEM Blueprint Rubric self-assessment, the Academy annually creates an Annual Action plan that is aligned with the Academy mission and addresses areas for growth as identified in the T-STEM Blueprint self-assessment. The AAP should be regularly monitored and revised with evidence of results recorded. The AAP should include data, PD, literacy, and technology plan elements.