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 TBEC Award

Posted: 9/2/2009 

Two Elementary Schools Selected for State Recognition

River Trails Elementary School and Shady Oaks 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 Shady Oaks 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.

The two recipients will be honored at an event scheduled for November 9, 2009, in San Antonio.

This is the second year in a row for River Trails to receive the award. Shady Oaks Elementary had received the award in 2006 and 2007, 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.

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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