Texas Hispanic STEM Projects

Analytic Technical Support

Texas Hispanic STEM Data Inventory (completed)

REL Southwest developed a data inventory for the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance. This inventory provides information on data sources, the data elements contained within those sources, and the applicability of the data to inform and advance the alliance's research agenda. Sources include data collected and maintained by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Workforce Commission, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations. Data elements included in the inventory focus on students from kindergarten through postsecondary education and beyond, with a particular interest in Hispanic student outcomes in STEM education and careers as well as statewide supply and demand for Hispanic workers in STEM fields.

Understanding Logic Models Workshop Series (completed)

This workshop series, which consisted of two workshops and targeted follow-up technical assistance, assisted alliance members in developing and using logic models. A logic model visually maps out a program—its purpose, resources, activities, and intended outcomes as well as the relationships among these components—and is extremely useful in program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The ability to use logic models will serve as a valuable tool for alliance members both in their work with the alliance and in their own professional endeavors.

STEM Labor Market: Literature Review and Gap Analysis (completed)

This technical assistance project, which included a literature review and a gap analysis, laid the groundwork for conducting an analysis of the supply and demand trends within the STEM pipeline for Hispanic students in Texas.

Tracking Implementation of Strategies to Support Texas Hispanic STEM Students (completed)

This technical assistance project incorporated the findings from the Literature Review to Identify Indicators Related to Hispanic STEM Postsecondary Education Outcomes to inform and support the implementation of the state's T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Blueprint Benchmarks, which are used by 124 T-STEM Academies across the state. The project involved developing Innovation Configuration (IC) maps to guide educators in implementing the benchmarks. IC maps, which are part of the part of the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM), provide a clear picture of what constitutes high-quality implementation, thereby serving as an exemplar to guide and focus staff efforts.

Research and Evaluation Studies

Exploring the Foundations of the Future STEM Workforce: K–12 Indicators of Postsecondary STEM Success (completed)

This comprehensive review of the research literature identified K–12 indicators of postsecondary STEM success, with a focus on Hispanic students. The findings will help inform the research alliance's subsequent indicator study (described below) as well as identify STEM interventions that may merit further study.

Associations Between Predictive Indicators and Postsecondary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Success Among Hispanic Students in Texas (completed)

Alliance members indicated the need to gain a deeper understanding of the contextual and student-performance factors that may be related to postsecondary STEM outcomes. Conducted at the alliance’s request, this study identified key indicators that may inform future policies or interventions designed to improve Hispanic students' STEM outcomes.

Advanced Courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Course Offerings and Completion in Texas (completed)

This study examined the extent to which Texas high school students, particularly those who are Hispanic, have access to and enroll in advanced STEM coursework. The study focused on the Texas Rio Grande Valley, where more than 90 percent of students are Hispanic. The findings indicate gaps in advanced STEM course access and completion by school locale and student subgroup.