Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance

This alliance brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to examine and foster Hispanic student outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


Hispanics remain underrepresented in the key fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.1 In Texas, which has a large Hispanic population, the state has launched a number of initiatives to increase Hispanic STEM achievement, but research is needed to assess the initiatives' impact.

To address this critical need, the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance is examining factors related to improving Hispanic student participation, achievement, and advancement in STEM courses and careers. Alliance work includes refining the research agenda and supporting the use of data and evidence to improve practice, policy, and student outcomes. In addition, the alliance is building the capacity of Texas educators, stakeholders, and policymakers to understand and apply data and research evidence.

Goals

  • Identify factors affecting Hispanic student preparation for and achievement in K–12 STEM subjects
  • Increase state capacity to use data and research evidence to support Hispanic students’ entrance into and advancement in STEM K–20 education and careers


1. Education Supports Racial and Ethnic Equality in STEM: Executive Summary (2011), U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration.