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Pay for performance: Good enough for students too?



Florida lawmakers have taken steps to pay teachers for their students' performance (if the money ever becomes available).

Should students also be paid for performance?

The KIPP charter school in Jacksonville thinks so. The Florida Times-Union reports that the school has offered students $20 for making specific gains on their FCAT tests this year. It has put about $3,200 on the table.

We've seen this in many iterations before. School have given out bikes and iPods at FCAT rallies, calling them incentives. Some students even have won cars simply for showing up on FCAT day and putting their name into a drawing.

The KIPP people tell the Times-Union they're not paying for good grades. "We believe that it’s important to teach kids that we you make good choices in life you can earn rewards," said Tom Majdanics, executive director for KIPP Jacksonville.

Adults sometimes get bonuses for their work, after all. 

But should education and learning be equated with a paid job? Is this a smart idea, paying students for their test results (regardless of what you think about teacher performance pay)? Is this a good lesson for kids? 

[Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 8:24am]


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