Five Tennessee school districts have been labeled exemplary for improving student performance while narrowing achievement gaps.

The Tennessee Department of Education's exemplary school districts are Bells City Schools, Bradford Special School District, Elizabethton City Schools, Perry County Schools and Stewart County Schools.

According to the department, these districts raised proficiency levels on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests. They also made substantial progress in closing gaps between groups of students. And the schools ensured improvement for racial minorities, students with disabilities, limited English proficiency students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

School-level results will be released later this month.

More information is available on the department's website at