FAIRFIELD — Ask Gladys Biscocho the secret of her twin daughters’ perfect scores on a state test and she laughs.
“There’s no secret,” Biscocho said.
The mother of Gabriella and Isabella credits the 11-year-olds’ love of reading and Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield as among reasons for the girls’ scores on the California Standards Test.
Her husband, Armel Biscocho, agrees that the couple doesn’t pursue some special approach with their daughters that explains the academic success.
“I don’t think what we do is different from what other parents do,” he said.
The twin girls and other Nelda Mundy students will be honored at a Sept. 25 school awards ceremony.
Theresa Huzel, the girls’ fifth-grade teacher last year, when they took the test, and Principal Kristen Cherry, win praise from the Biscochos.
“They set the environment that’s really conducive to learning,” Armel Biscocho said of the educators.
Cherry said seven of the 18 students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District who received double perfect scores as the twins attend Nelda Mundy. Sixty-seven students at the school got a perfect score on one or more of the state tests, the principal said.
“We partner very well with our parents and our community,” Cherry said. Moreover, she said, “Our teachers are an amazing breed of educators.”
News of the twins’ perfect scores came in the mail to the Biscocho home this summer, with a little added drama when one of the two letters from the state got mixed up with junk mail and had to be retrieved from recycling. Then Gabriella and Isabella, now in the sixth grade, read the test reports.
Gladys and Armel Biscocho said the real joy their daughters bring comes from the girls’ good character.
“Smart is all good,” Armel said. “That’s extra.”
Gabriella received perfect 600 scores in math and science while Isabella did so in English and science.
Armel Biscocho said the family goes to the library a lot and comes home with a lot of borrowed books. Gabriella’s favorite book series is the “Mysterious Benedict Society,” while Isabella loves “The Princess Diaries.” Both are interested in medical careers and credit their late grandmother’s work as a doctor in the Philippines.
The girls are happy to be twins, dress the same and fellow students have trouble telling them apart. That’s not a problem at the Biscocho home.
“I’m the mom. I can tell them apart,” Gladys Biscocho said. Her younger sisters are twins, so she had experience with that status as a girl herself.
A preschool teacher in the Berkeley School District, Biscocho believes in learning and its benefits.
“Education is the wealth I could give them,” she said of her daughters.
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