What do you think of paying students to receive good grades? As you might have heard, some schools have started reward programs for students to excel, including doing well on state-mandated exams. In some cases, school systems in which students have fared poorly have received grants to improve scores. These grants pay students lump sums of money if they meet state standards. I posted a blog on this topic a few months ago, with details about school systems that have tried this subversive tactic, or is it subversive at all?
A recently released research report found a positive correlation between students’ reading scores and rewards programs. To read a synopsis of this study, click on the link: http://credo.stanford.edu/downloads/Incentives_Paper.pdf
Also, check my blog post, “Pay for Grades,” published on March 5, 2008.
What are your thoughts on offering students rewards programs such as cash, field trips, tickets to amusement parks, and so forth for doing well on high-stakes tests?
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