Should Students be Paid For Good Test Scores?

Should Students be Paid For Good Test Scores?

“We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education” – Barack Obama.

What better way to motivate them than to reward them with money for good grades.  Have you ever worked really hard on something, but didn’t get the reward you felt that you

Capturedeserved? I totally relate to this. There have been many times where I would get a 100 or more on a test or quiz and get nothing as a reward. I was always hoping for a reward. That’s how many students feel after taking a test, quiz, or exam and getting a really good grade. Giving money for good scores can be beneficial to both the students and the school. Sure it might spoil them and might that money could be spent on school supplies and textbooks, but paying students is a much better idea. Students should be given money when they get a good score on a test or exam.

One way it is beneficial is that it could motivate students to work and study harder. Giving money to students for good exam scores is going to motivate them to work harder.  If they work harder, they will get better scores which will give the school a better reputation. According to an article called “Incentives For Advanced Work Lets Pupils and Teachers Cash In” from The New York Times, Mr. Nystrom, who teaches A.P. statistics at South High Community School, now teaches eight times as many students as he used to. In 2011, 70 percent of them scored high enough to qualify for college credit, compared with 50 percent from before. The program led to almost 38,000 A.P. exams being taken in math, science, and English. In 2011, 308 in six states were already participating. Of the 1,853 teachers participating in 2010, more than half earned at least $2,000 for it.

Another way it is a good idea is that it can help students who live in poor families. Many students are poor. They could use that money for food, clothes, school supplies, and other necessities. That money can help many families. Of the 1,220 students at South High Community School in 2011, 85 percent of them were poor enough to qualify for the federal lunch program. Like many schools, there are lots of students who live in poor families. According to an article called “Cash For Grades?” from the National Education Association, in Houston, a privately funded $1.5 million program will reward fifth graders when they master basic math. Each family then will earn $1,050 which isn’t a small amount, especially in a community where 80 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced- price lunch. The money from getting good grades can help those students a lot.

As you can see, it is a good idea to start paying students for good test scores. It can be beneficial for the students, their families, and even the school. The benefits of paying students for good test scores outweighs any cons. The solution is to pay the students around $50 for getting good grades on major exams. You can help by asking your teachers and principal whether it is a good idea or not.

About the Author

Michael W. is 12 years old.   He is a sixth grader at Canyon Vista Middle School.

Works Cited

“Grades Quotes – BrainyQuote.” 2004. Febraury 26, 2015.

“Incentives for Advanced Work Let Pupils and Teachers Cash In” 2011. February 23, 2015.

Mary Ellen Flannery. “Cash For Grades?” National Education Association February 25, 2015.





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