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Eanes students’ test performances continue pattern of excellence

Stories on pages A1 and A5 of this issue speak volumes about continuing student accomplishments within the Eanes school district.

In the page A1 story about the recent Eanes school board meeting are impressive statistics that include the fact that every Westlake High School senior passed all four Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills end-of-course exams. The story also notes an extremely high percentage of younger students passing standardized tests such as the 2013 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness tests

The story on page A5 features three Westlake High School students whose achievement was nothing short of impressive – perfect scores on college entrance exams. Anyone who has taken these tests knows how hard it would be to get through them without missing a few questions. To have three students from one high school accomplish this feat is nothing short of amazing.

Keys to these students’ success include having good parents, teachers and schools built around formulas for success. A comment by Junior Michael Bartmess, one of the students scoring a perfect score on the recent ACT exams, seemed to imply that his foundation was firmly established by encouraging parents. “My parents have always encouraged me to read a lot and be diligent in my studies, and I think that really rubbed off in taking the test,” he said.

Although not explicitly stated by these students, Westlake High School clearly provides an atmosphere conducive for students to succeed. As stated in the story on page A1, WHS students scored significantly higher than students in other high schools statewide during the spring 2012 on both ACT and SAT. The fact that the average Westlake score for SAT was an estimated 1766 as compared to a state average of 1467 is significant.

There are other WHS students who came admirably close to perfection on the college entrance exams, but to achieve perfection is worthy of mention. We congratulate all three of these students, their parents and teachers for jobs extremely well done.
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