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Junior High’s work to better scores laudable

We know that Ennis Junior High School takes the impending task of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skill seriously, and that’s no less than we’d expect.
Rated Academically Unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency in 2009, largely because of TAKS results, the school has some ground to make up in the eyes of the parents and taxpayers of the city.

We know EJHS is a fine school where students are being prepared well for their futures in high school and college. We know the teachers are dedicated professionals — the accomplishments of students in extracurricular activities like band and sports pursuits points to that dedication. We know standardized tests can skew the perception of a school’s worth, and we think EJHS has a lot to be proud of.

The impact of those standardized test scores shouldn’t be ignored, however. EJHS is doing anything but sitting on their hands and hoping this year’s scores fall more in their favor.

As principal Orlanda Vargas pointed out, specialized tutoring and counseling efforts initiated as soon as the results came out last year are addressing the concerns caused by lower-performing subgroups of students at the school.

Importantly, meeting and exceeding the expectations of the state has larger ramifications on the district’s reputation and perception here and in points around the state. The Lions of the Ennis Independent School District pride themselves on the quality of our schools, so adding EJHS to the list of Exemplary schools in the city is a priority.

We feel like Vargas and the staff at EJHS are doing what they can to address a problem in student learning, preparing students to take the coming TAKS test and put the school’s best face forward, so to speak.

EJHS has our support, and we hope that all of the hard work the school has put into the effort to improve since last year makes a positive difference.

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