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March 17, 2008

Cash-Incentive Roundup

This story in the Rocky Mountain News is about one high school that decided to pay their students to take their state tests in order to increase attendance. Students received about $50 each total, $5 for each test they took and an additional $1 for good behavior. The result? They had almost 100 perc...

March 06, 2008

Can You Reward Me Now? Cellphones for Academic Improvement

And now, for our (seemingly) weekly update on motivating students with rewards: It looks like the proposal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was considering back in November that would reward students for doing well in school with cellphones equipped with prepaid minutes has actually come to pa...

February 21, 2008

Cash-Incentive Research Update

It seems like lately every week there's been something new about cash-incentive programs, and this week is no exception. Debra Viadero's follow-up story about a three-year-old rewards program in Coshocton, Ohio reveals that their cash incentives have worked--sort of. Scores in math have improved, bu...

February 13, 2008

Incentives for Inmates

Here's a new twist on the student incentives debate: Prison officials in California are considering offering inmates special privileges if they make use of academic classes. The brief article doesn't go into much detail, but says that prison classes don't have enough teachers and are frequently dis...

February 12, 2008

Cash-Incentive Programs: A Resource Round-Up

Over the past few days, a number of readers have pointed my attention to a variety of sources where you can find out more about cash-incentive programs. In the interest of providing as much information as I can about this topic, here's a roundup of some of the links that have been sent my way. This...

February 11, 2008

Cash Incentives: Who Should Offer Them?

I wrote a story about cash incentives for the upcoming issue of Education Week, and it's up now on, if you'd like to take a look. One thing I didn't have room to address in the story itself was assertions by both Andres Alonso, the chief executive officer of Baltimore public schools, and...

January 29, 2008

Ravitch on Cash Incentives

Diane Ravitch, over on her Bridging Differences blog, has written a post about cash incentives. She discusses how paying low-income students for test scores is supposed to promote equality, and why she's critical of that movement. It's a thoughtful post, and worth checking out.

January 23, 2008

Cash Incentives Continued ...

Once again, offering students cash incentives to boost test scores has been in the news a lot lately, and the idea seems to be gaining traction. According to this commentary in the Christian Science Monitor, a cash rewards system in Texas has had some positive results so far. Check out our incentiv...

January 14, 2008

Research on Cash Incentives

A recent column in Education Week offers an update on the cash for test scores debate, which we have covered on several occasions in this blog. This update sheds research light on the debate by examining a new report by a professor of labor economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The stud...

December 19, 2007

The Pros and Cons of Rewards

I know we've talked about how rewards affect student motivation many times before, but this article in the American Educator approaches the question "should learning be its own reward?" from the perspective of cognitive science. It is probably the most comprehensive article about using rewards to mo...

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