Guadalupe Alejandro Roman, Jorge Morales, Riley Cooper, Alynna Villa, Madison Thorstad, Logan Park, Hector Villa, Jacob Gonzalez and Marcus Garcia.

Palo Verde Elementary School students who had perfect scores on the math portion of AZMerit were, from left, Guadalupe Alejandro Roman, Jorge Morales, Riley Cooper, Alynna Villa, Madison Thorstad, Logan Park, Hector Villa, Jacob Gonzalez and Marcus Garcia.

Palo Verde Elementary School boasts nine students who have earned a perfect score on the AZMerit math exam. 

Those students are Logan Park, Madison Thorstad, Alynna Villa, Hector Villa, Guadalupe Alejandro Roman, Riley Cooper, Marcus Garcia, Jorge Morales and Jacob Gonzalez. 

The test takes great drive and determination. Some questions given to the students require an above level understanding of math. This can be done by many students if they take their time and grasp an understanding of the questions being asked.

One of the most important things we can do as educators and parents is to teach our students and children how to show their work in math. It is important we provide an the understanding - we may not always get the answer correct the first time. Math is all about trial and error. If everyone has this awareness, we can begin to have a better grasp of working through the challenges in math. Ultimately, leading to many more excellent achievement scores.