LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Education said Friday that 201 schools will share $6.8 million in awards under the Arkansas School Recognition Program.


The program provides financial awards to public schools in the state that achieve high student performance or high student academic growth, which includes graduation rates for high schools.


“I am proud to recognize the 201 top Arkansas schools that have qualified for additional funds from the Arkansas School Recognition Program,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.


“These schools have demonstrated exceptional academic improvement and have inspired students to work hard to achieve their goals. I am excited to see how these schools use their School Recognition Program funds to continue to increase student success,” he said.


Education officials said 51 schools will receive $100 per student for being in the top 5 percent of schools in performance; 51 schools will receive $50 per student for being in the top 6-10 percent in performance; 49 schools will receive $100 per student for being in the top 5 percent in academic growth; and 50 schools will receive $50 per student for being in the top 6-10 percent in academic growth.


Schools must use the money for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance.


Deciding how to use each school’s money will be up to a committee that includes the principal, a teacher elected by the faculty and a parent representative selected by the local parent teacher association or similar group.


To view a list of the schools, visit www.arkansased.gov and click on “Divisions,” then click on “Public School Accountability,” then click on “School Performance,” then click on “Reward Schools.”