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Benson schools earn state's top grade

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Benson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Woodall Benson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Woodall
BENSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Students, teachers, staff and administrators are celebrating in Benson, where the school district is being recognized as Arizona's top public school district for 2013.

The administrators from the Benson Unified School District went to Phoenix and received the great news from the Arizona Department of Education.

"You got a good look at our student body today, they're a pretty exciting group of kids," Superintendent Dr. David Woodall said. "Our staff is exemplary. I just have a lot praise for our administrative team and teaching staff."

The district earned the top spot with 161 points out of a possible 200, giving the school an A. The point system is part of the A to F rating system that began in 2011.

The grades are based on several things, including AIMS scores, dropout rate and graduation rate. Anything over 140 points gets an A.

Last year, the school earned a B. This year the hard work has paid off and they got an A.

The school district is partners with the Vail School District which placed second. Woodall believes that using some of the practices from Vail and catering it to Benson students has helped.

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