Celebration student,13, gets perfect score on state algebra assessment
By Ken Jackson
Arman Mian started his high school career Monday at Celebration High School. He’ll have the usual things to overcome like learning to navigate the campus, meeting his teachers and making new friends.
The material he learns won’t be that new, or for him, that difficult.
Mian took the end of course algebra I state assessment test, an exam normally given to 10th or 11th graders, at the end of his eighth grade year at the Celebration K-8.
According to district officials, the 13-year-old scored a perfect 475 on the test, becoming the youngest in the county to earn that score this year. Statistics from the county show 57 percent of high-school students who took the test this year earned a passing score, and 22 percent earned Level 4 (out of 5).
Arman’s father, Raza Mian, said school officials at the K-8 school identified Arman as one of a handful of high-achieving students and allowed him to take the Algebra assessment test, required for high school graduation, along with the English and science exams, which he also achieved Level 5.
“This had exceeded any thoughts or expectations we had,” Raza Mian said. “He’s always had good grades and had straight A’s this year, but this surprised us.
“We’ve never had to push him. I travel a lot for my job. My wife Riasa is a physician but now is a stay-at-home mother, and it’s been worth it.”
Arman Mian said he didn’t think anything of the test, but while he aced it his reaction to it might not be a ringing endorsement of the state’s high-stakes testing required for graduation.
“I just thought it was like another test, like the FCAT,” he said. “I don’t know about others, but I was nervous, because I know we’d spent most of the year working on the things that were on it.”
Among the congratulations he received for his perfect Algebra score were from the state Department of Education and the office of Gov. Rick Scott.
He lists science and math as his favorite subjects, so understandably he wants to be a doctor like his mother. He said he also would like to produce and direct movies.
“I like science and I want to help people,” he said. “When I watch movies I’m amazed at how they make them.”
He said he’s spent the summer playing a lot of Minecraft on the Playstation 3, but he will be doing more reading now that the school year started.
While he won’t be joining Celebration High’s International Baccalaureate program, Arman said he has a challenging class schedule this year that includes Advanced Placement Human Geography.
“It should be a challenge,” said Arman, who has a 12-year-old brother, Amin, who will join him at Celebration High next year.