FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 11/2/2005

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Judy Everett Ramos, 817-399-2025
 

Euless Junior High School has been named to a statewide honor roll list of schools for the best academic performance in Texas. Just for the Kids (JFTK) and the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) named Euless Junior High School as one of only 130 elementary, middle school/junior high, and high schools in Texas named to the JFTK/TBEC Honor Roll.

Thirty-three middle schools and junior highs made the honor roll list out of the 1,536 middle and junior high schools in the state. The Honor Roll schools are the most consistent performers in educating all student groups over a three-year period. Honor Roll schools rank highest in their individual peer groups, which are schools across the state that most closely approximate their size and student population makeup.

Euless Junior High School Principal David Robbins will accept the Honor Roll award at a “Share the Success” awards presentation in Austin in December. There will also be a seminar, where each school can share with other Honor Roll schools the practices it employs to drive high performance.

Robbins said the award is very special to him and his faculty and staff.

“This Honor Roll award means a lot because it proves that you are not a reflection of your demographics,” he said. “The staff is very excited and honored by our selection to be an Honor Roll school for Just for the Kids. Our selection as one of the top 33 middle schools in Texas reinforces our focus on the belief that all of our students can and will succeed if they will take part fully in our school’s programs.”

“We are the hope for many of our students who are economically disadvantaged, so that their future can be better than their today,” he said.

Just for the Kids (JFTK) is a non-profit data analysis and research organization founded in 1995 by Texas business leader Tom Luce. The organization’s purpose is to raise academic standards and increase student academic achievement in Texas. JFTK publishes information on how schools perform over time and lists high-performing schools in the state on its Web site at www.Just4Kids.org.

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. TBEC volunteer teams visit all Honor Roll schools to confirm the performance data and evaluate the schools. In addition to information about the schools, TBEC makes a wide variety of information about public education available on its Web site, www.TBEC.org.

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