Published by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas, the report indicates public schools in Benton and Washington counties are outstanding in several areas. Here's a look at some of the statistics:
13 of 17 school districts in the two counties had a higher National Percentile Ranking (NPR) on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills than both the country and state.
The average graduation rate in NWA is 85%, 4 percentage points higher than the state average.
Only one school district on the report, Decatur, was labeled as high poverty, all others in NWA are identified as low or mid-poverty.
For those who want to dig deeper, there's greater detail in reports compiled by the Office for
Education Policy at the website www.uark.edu/ua/oep/.