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Friday, June 10, 2011

Should we pay kids for grades?

Should be pay kids to do well in school?

There was this interesting article in Times magazine that talked about paying kids to do well in school. They looked at the impact of paying kids for effort (doing homework, reading books outside of school, showing up to school on time, not getting in trouble) vs. paying kids for results (getting good grades, passing the state test.)

The results: paying for effort works. In terms of reading, it works phenomenally well (better than reducing the class size to 16, having a Teach For America Teacher or a great teacher)  and in particular for the hardest to reach children.

How well does it work to pay for results and test scores at the end of the year?
It had no impact or the students test scores slightly decreased.

What do you think? Do you think students should be paid for doing well? Do you think students should receive an incentive for effort?

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