Perfect Scores for African American Males

Released: January 29, 2012

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This brief report examines available data about the African American male students who got a perfect CST score in 2009-10 or 2010-11 and, where possible, compares them to other African American boys.

In the fall of 2010, a mother whose son had earned a perfect score on one of his California Standards Tests (CST) contacted the director of the African American Male Achievement Initiative (AAMAI). She pointed out that while there seemed to be a great deal of attention paid to the challenges facing African American males, no one had recognized her son’s remarkable achievement. Her prompting led AAMAI leaders on a search for other boys who had also performed this amazing feat. In total, they identified 29 African American boys in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) who had perfect CST scores in the 2009/2010 school year and organized a community event to honor them. This effort has continued and 26 boys were also identified in the 2010/2011 school year.