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Incentives for Advanced Work Let Pupils and Teachers Cash In
New York Times | 10/3/11
Behind the Headline
Cash for Test Scores
Education Next | Fall 2008
In the New York Times, Sam Dillon describes an initiative that uses cash bonuses to coax more students to take Advanced Placement courses in math and science, and looks at how the initiative is playing out at a high school in Worcester, Mass. A study by Kirabo Jackson published in the Fall 2008 issue of Ed Next found that a Texas program that paid students and teachers for passing scores on Advanced Placement tests produced meaningful increases in participation in the AP program and improvements in other critical education outcomes.
A blog entry by Marty West from 2010 looked at a later study that found long-term benefits for the incentive program.