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Student achieves a perfect score on the math portion of the California Standards Test
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 17:56 PM

Of the 4.7 million students who participated in the 2011 California STAR Testing Program, 50 percent scored proficient or above in mathematics, according to the California Department of Education.

Among the students who took the California Standards Test (CST) last spring was 10-year-old fourth grader Thai Ruiz, the Yuma Sun reported. Ruiz, who attends classes at San Pasqual Valley Elementary School, managed to achieve a perfect score of 600 on the CST.

After taking the Test, Ruiz was confident that he had tried his best, but did not know he would receive a perfect score, the news source stated. Today, he attributes his success on the assessment to his teacher at the time, Bonnie Oglesby. The educator challenged her students to review their work after completing the CST to make sure their math was correct.

"I am real proud of Thai, he's a wonderful student," Oglesby told the news outlet. "I knew that he could do that if he put his mind to it and really worked hard on the Test."

Ruiz was recently recognized for his accomplishment at a school assembly, where he was honored with a trophy in front of his fellow classmates, the news source reported.