JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - For the first time, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy has recognized Mississippi public schools with an Exceed Schools award.
The award recognizes the highest-performing public schools with poverty rates above 90%.
According to a news release on Thursday, MCPP President Forest Thigpen says, "We want to recognize public schools that are helping low-income students perform well on our state tests each year."
Thigpen says that he believes that the Exceed Schools are a model for other schools with high poverty rates.
These four schools in north Mississippi scored well on state tests and have a poverty rate of 90% or more:
Holly Springs High School
West Oktibbeha County Elementary School
Holly Springs Junior High School
West Clay Elementary School
For more on the listings you can go to www.mspolicy.org