Cash In Exchange For Good Grades? Hmm . . .

By Meera Dolasia on November 26, 2011

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What if your school decided to give you cold hard cash in exchange for doing well in tests? Think you would work harder to improve your scores? That's the experiment being conducted by a number of schools in Virginia Beach and so far, the results have been quite encouraging.

However, before you get your hopes up, the incentive is not being offered to kids in every grade - Only high school students who are motivated enough to enroll for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and, take the tests.

Also, not everyone who takes the test is eligible for the cash - Only students with a score of 3 and above (maximum is 5), the level at which they are exempt from taking the course in college, are rewarded. And while $100USD seems like a lot of money, most of it is used for paying to take the exams. The students usually end up netting about $20USD per test.

The funding for this program, which is being tested in about a dozen high schools, has been obtained from The National Math and Science Initiative, a public-private partnership set up to encourage high-school students to take up more challenging courses.

While this is a rather unusual way of encouraging students to step up to the challenge, it seems to be working. Salem High School, which is participating in the program, is experiencing a substantial increase in the number of students enrolling in AP courses. The teachers are also quite pleased - For not only are they receiving additional training, but also, funding in a lump sum rather than piecemeal, enabling them to acquire the class materials all at one time. Sounds like a win-win for everyone. Do you think paying students to study is a good idea? Let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: odditycentral.com, wavy.com

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  • 090509
    090509Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:39 am
    i want 💎$$$$$$$
    • midnight7757
      midnight7757Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm
      Come on do in all schools it will get all kids to get good grades and after we get the money we party ya !!!
      • dipperdippindots
        dipperdippindotsFriday, January 23, 2015 at 7:22 am
        eeeeeeh, I don't really see reasoning in this
        • egmemilyrocksThursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:13 am
          so right about this i love money
          • beautifulgirl
            beautifulgirlWednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4:51 am
            I would work for money but a easy job
            • tomboy201
              tomboy201Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:29 am
              Me too beautifulgirl
            • DogpersonThursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm
              I want money for what I do
              • pinkyWednesday, January 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm
                cash??? why not all of those in favor for gettin money for all of our 100% say I.
                • NY djTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm
                  wow, thats all i could say, WOW WWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW
                  • narutoplaysmc
                    narutoplaysmcSunday, November 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm
                    #Math4Money Reply with your answer for this question: Would you rather take a bunch of boring tests, and get what like 20$ a test or just get allowance and do chores. (I obviously choose #2, not doing the test)
                    • happypug12
                      happypug12Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm
                      That would be cool to be paid for getting good grades, but what about home schooled people? They would get left out.
                      • mckid100
                        mckid100Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:40 am
                        ikr :(

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