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 TBEC Honor Roll

Posted: 8/22/2008 

Two Elementary Schools Named Among Best in State

River Trails Elementary School and Wilshire Elementary School have been named to a statewide honor roll list of schools for the best academic performance in Texas. Winning schools are recognized for being the most consistent performers in educating all student groups over a three-year period.

The Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) selected River Trails and Wilshire as two of approximately 300 elementary, middle school, and high schools in Texas named to the TBEC Honor Roll. Of the more than 8,000 schools in Texas, fewer than four percent will receive this award.

This is Wilshire's second year in a row to receive the award. In 2006 and 2007, Shady Oaks Elementary received the award, and in 2005, Euless Junior High School received the award.

"In my estimation, the TBEC Honor Roll is the highest honor that a Texas public school can attain," Dr. Gene Buinger, superintendent of schools, said.

"The methodology is objective, based on TAKS scores, with each school being compared to a group of schools having similar demographics. Schools with student achievement at the top of their comparison group are selected for inclusion to the Honor Roll."

Honor Roll schools rank highest in their individual peer groups, which are schools across the state that most closely resemble their size and student population makeup.

TBEC identifies the Honor Roll schools by analyzing three years of performance data for all Texas public schools. A school must have a high percentage of students meeting state standards on the TAKS tests in all subjects for three consecutive years, with an emphasis on how many students score at the state's highest standard - commended - on all tests.

Wilshire Principal Jonathan James said his faculty and staff are happy to start the new year off on such a high note.

"They were thrilled when I told them," James said. "They understand this is an award that fewer than 300 schools around the state will receive, and we're proud to be recognized for the second year in a row."

Mary Stokic, River Trails Principal and a first-time award recipient, was equally proud of her staff and students.

"The staff at River Trails was honored to be chosen for the TBEC award," she said. "To know that we are one of the top schools in the state validates our motto of "Empowering Students for Life."

Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC), formed in 1989, is a non-profit organization of business executives and education leaders dedicated to improving the
performance of the public school system by influencing state education policy and stimulating community-based school improvement initiatives.

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