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Old 09-26-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Bedford, TX
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Hi all,

We've just moved to the HEB school district, and I was a little disappointed to read that there were only 3 National Merit semi-finalists from that school system this year. Weren't there 7-8 just a year or two ago? My daughter's in 7th grade there and it seems challenging enough, and really crowded. In fact, at orientation the principal of her junior high said they missed the Exemplary rating by a hair. Don't I read "in desirable HEB school district" in the real estate ads on Sunday in the paper? What's going on?
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hi all,

We've just moved to the HEB school district, and I was a little disappointed to read that there were only 3 National Merit semi-finalists from that school system this year. Weren't there 7-8 just a year or two ago? My daughter's in 7th grade there and it seems challenging enough, and really crowded. In fact, at orientation the principal of her junior high said they missed the Exemplary rating by a hair. Don't I read "in desirable HEB school district" in the real estate ads on Sunday in the paper? What's going on?
wow, that isn't many but I wouldn't let it bother me. Here in our area there were 6 and we are smaller than HEB for sure.

Nita
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm not from the Fort Worth area, but I'm familiar enough with the National Merit System to say that it probably doesn't have much to do with the school district. There seem to be fluctuations in the amount of semi-finalists everywhere. It could be a number of factors like new graduation requirements that keep students from focusing on the PSAT, the test for that year being particularly hard, or simply that certain classes don't have the natural test-taking talent other classes have. There is one school where I live (Lubbock) that had 13 semi-finalists two years ago, 2 last year, then 7 this year. There's just no telling.
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