Network: Indiana STEM Resource Network

Purpose: The Indiana STEM School Certification application is an online portfolio utilizing Google Sites. The Indiana STEM School Certification Rubric guides schools in where their programming currently falls, helps guide future work, and encourages best practices. Both are integral parts of the STEM school designation process in Indiana.

Usage: The application and rubric were overhauled for the 2019-2020 school year to align each with the Indiana Six-Year STEM Strategic Plan. This new rubric is more rigorous and includes metrics as well as suggestions on how to document evidence of meeting the metrics.  The updated STEM School Certification program provides a vision for STEM in the state and serves as a guide for continued improvement.

Impacts: The first cohort of STEM Certified Schools to utilize this new rubric have received site visits and embargoed scores. Upon the State Superintendent’s formal announcement of the cohort six schools, schools across Indiana and the nation will have access to the online portfolios for each school. These sites will serve as a roadmap to create world-class STEM learning programs.

Prior research or grounding: The application and rubric were redesigned after the completion of a literature review. The references are included with the rubric and are matched with the appropriate rubric elements. The updated rubric was revised based upon feedback from members of the Indiana STEM Leadership Cadre, university professors and local superintendents of schools who previously earned STEM School Certification under the previous model.

Contact: Dr. Christy Hilton, Indiana Department of Education,  317.234.2134,

Updated Implementation Rubric:

2019-2020 STEM School Certification Guide: