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FCAT incentives: Has this Palm Beach school gone too far?



We've seen students win prizes from their schools just for taking the FCAT. Some schools have offered to pay their students for good FCAT scores.

This incentive out of Palm Beach is new to us. The school will change student grades if the kids do well enough on the FCAT. From the Palm Beach Post

"John I. Leonard ninth- and 10th-grade students who maintain proficiency on their reading FCAT by scoring at least a 3.0 or gain at least 78 points on the test and who pass their final exam in a reading or language arts class will receive a two letter-grade bump in their grade on that final exam for the course.

"Students who get a score of 4.0 or better on the 10th-grade FCAT writing test will get a one-letter-grade increase in the grade for the final nine weeks of their English class."

It's not against the law. But some Palm Beach leaders have called for the reward to end. What do you think? Is this grade bump concept a good way to get kids to work harder on the FCAT? Is it a bad bribe? At least it's tied to academic results rather than to goodies like iPads and bicycles. What incentives can your students get for their FCAT performance?

[Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:59am]


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