13 Tennessee Schools Awarded STEM/STEAM Designation for 2024

Thirteen Tennessee schools receive prestigious STEM/STEAM designation for their commitment to education.

The Tennessee Department of Education, in collaboration with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), has announced that 13 schools in the state have been awarded the Tennessee STEM/STEAM School Designation for the 2024 academic year. This recognition is bestowed upon schools that demonstrate a strong commitment to delivering comprehensive education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEM/STEAM), thereby preparing students for success in postsecondary education and future careers.

Since its inception in 2018, the STEM/STEAM designation program has recognized a total of 127 schools across Tennessee. The program aims to provide schools with a clear framework for implementing effective STEM/STEAM education strategies at the local level.

Lizzette Reynolds, the Commissioner of Education, lauded the designation as evidence of Tennessee’s dedication to educational excellence and its focus on equipping students with the necessary skills for the evolving job market. She praised the designated schools for their emphasis on math and science education, which is critical for preparing students for future opportunities.

The process for receiving the Tennessee STEM/STEAM School Designation is comprehensive and includes several stages, such as a self-evaluation, interviews, and site visits. Schools seeking the designation must apply and demonstrate their commitment to five key areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships.

This year, the 13 newly designated schools have successfully met the criteria, showcasing their dedication to providing high-quality STEM/STEAM education. This achievement not only highlights the schools’ commitment to academic excellence but also reinforces Tennessee’s position as a leader in STEM/STEAM education.

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