JACKSON, Miss.-- Twenty schools from around the state were awarded the Exceed Schools Award this week.
The Mississippi Center for Public Policy was the giver and used unusual criteria to select schools for this first-time award.
MCPP spokesman Forest Thigpen says, "These schools had to have over 90% poverty in their student population to quailify for the award."
After those schools were determined by the center, state-test scores were used to rank the schools.
Thigpen adds, "We wanted to recognize schools that prove the fact all students can learn, regardless of their background."
George Elementary of the Jackson Public School District was the highest ranked school out of all the Exceed Schools.
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