Imagine that as a teacher you receive a $3,000 bonus if your students score well on state exams, and students themselves who excel get a $50 prize. Will monetary awards lead to better test scores? Apparently, some administrators in the New York City School System believe so, and they are offering these bonuses to teachers and students alike. The New York Times reported in a front-page story, March 5, 2000, “Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?” over 5,000 students in 58 schools this year alone were awarded bonuses, for a grand total of $500,000 in pay outs. Private donors, not taxpayers dollars, fund the rewards program.
Students recipients claimed the incentive pushed them to learn the requisite skills to do well. Even teachers initially reluctant about the concept have gleefully accepted the cash bonuses. For details on the program and what other school systems around the country are doing to reward students who excel on standardized test, check this article:
Article by By JENNIFER MEDINA
How would you feel about receiving a monetary reward if your students excellend on a state exam? What about monetary or similar rewards for students? Post your comments.
Photo credit: Annie Tritt for The New York Times
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