The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., has recognized the school as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School.
Williams Magnet Elementary received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in Math and Literacy.
The Higher Performing Schools are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth) and/or absolute student achievement using the school's performance results on the spring 2011-2012 Arkansas Augmented Benchmark Exams (ABE) test. Williams was recognized for consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years.
NCEA has methodology controls for school and student demographics to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of school achievement and to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can have success no matter the zip code. NCEA provided award certificates to each Higher Performing School and the district.