Michael Rodriguez, 4th grader, scored a perfect 850 on New Jersey Department of Education's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams for both English and Mathematics.
Michael was the only student in the North Bergen school system to accomplish this feat. Five other students scored a perfect 850 on 1 of 2 exams.
The PARCC is a consortium of states that collaboratively developed a common set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers. The exam's assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts.
Rodriguez's score puts him in the top 8% of New Jersey students in English proficiency and top 15% in mathematics.
"I am pleasantly surprised and beyond proud of my son as he has always excelled in school and truly enjoys learning," says proud mother Monica Leiva.
Michael started Pre-K in North Bergen in 2013 and has been in North Bergen education system ever since. If he's not studying or reading, he's with his younger sibilings creating games, playing Pokemon, or drawing comics.
We asked Michael what his future holds, “I want to be a scientist, not sure what kind yet."