- Will this program motivate students to take an AP course who would otherwise not consider this path?
- Will it motivate students to take an online AP course if it is not offered at their home school?
- Will it motivate teachers to teach differently in the hopes of having more students pass the AP test?
- Is this the best way to spend a $2 million grant to enhance math, science, and literature education?
- Does this in some way diminish the credibility of AP courses and/or virtual schools?
- What does the research show regarding payment for passing grades?
- Is this incentive likely to increase attendance in AP courses, increase attendance at the state's virtual school, both, neither?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A hundred bucks to go to virtual school?
I would love some input on this one. South Dakota received a $2 million National Math and Science Initiative Grant to pilot a program in which students receive $100 upon passing AP math, science, and English courses. The course must be taken through the state's virtual school. Apparently, the teachers will also receive $100 , though it is not clear whether they receive $100 for each child who passes, a one-time $100 reward if anyone passes, or $100 reward if everyone passes. Hmmm. Without revealing my personal opinion about this, I wonder: