Students and faculty at a Hastings elementary school were taken by surprise at an assembly on Monday.
Not too long ago Alcott Elementary was struggling to meet high test scores, now the school has been selected as a National Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school.
With 249 districts across the state Alcott becomes the second in the state to receive the honor.
Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings said all three of his children attended Alcott Elementary. Seiler said, "It's tremendous for Nebraska. There is only one other school; Papillion is the other school qualified."
Alcott Elementary Principal Lawrence Tunks said, "Looking back at our old data we were at about 50 percent proficiency on our state tests."
Some scores have gone up to 80 percent in the span of two years.
Part of the PLC program includes early dismissal for students. This is so educators may sort through data in order to help improve grades.
For more information on PLC, log on to http://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/guidelines.php.