Nine Arkansas schools have been singled out for high honors in a state Education Department accountability report.
Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Wednesday that the schools earned "exemplary" status.
The report was issued Tuesday, but the department was still working to determine which schools deserved the exemplary designation.
Schools earning top honors are Brookland Elementary, Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville, Smackover Elementary, Marvin Primary in Mulberry, East Junior High in West Memphis, Newport Junior High, Des Arc Elementary, Wilson Elementary in Little Rock and Helen Tyson Middle School in Springdale.
To earn top status, the schools had to demonstrate high levels of progress by students, including those from families living in poverty, disabled students and children with limited English proficiency.