Newport News, Virginia third grader, Na Kia Boykin recently scored a perfect score of 600 on her Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) test. Turns out, her love for math and science runs in her family as she is the great-granddaughter of pioneering NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson.
SOL tests are state-wide comprehensive tests that many states require their public school students to take at the end of each school year. The tests are designed to assess grade level-specific student proficiencies in multiple subject areas. As a student at Palmer Elementary School, Na Kia was among 59 Newport News elementary school students to earn a perfect score this year on their math SOL. “I like math because I can look at a problem and figure it out,” Na Kia explained to the Daily Press newspaper after being honored at a school assembly on Wednesday, June 13. “You can just look at the problem and do it. You use the numbers, and you use your brain. It’s a good challenge.”
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