CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia education officials are honoring 58 schools across the state for the highest level of recognition.
Officials with the Office of Education Performance Audits say the exemplary status given to the schools is the gold standard of educational achievement.
The schools honored Thursday met a set of rigorous standards on proficiency tests, student attendance and other measures. They included elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and career technical centers and programs.
Three schools also were recognized for being among 269 schools nationwide named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Those schools are: Kenna Elementary School in Kanawha County, Confidence Elementary School in Putnam County, and Bridgeport Middle School in Harrison County.