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Paying for Grades

Dear Marcy and Jackie: Don't Pay for Grades

Marcy Winograd | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Parents of children who've participated in the R.E.A.D. dog program report that their children's reading level jumps and, best of all, their children love books and look forward to reading. Let us know how reading to the cats works out for you and your son.

Should You Pay for an 'A'? Part 3: The Experts Weigh In

Beth Kobliner | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education
Beth Kobliner

Does it work to coax kids into getting good grades by offering them cash incentives? Specifically, would more kids get top grades if you offered cash incentives for an A?

Should You Pay for an 'A'? How to Motivate Your Child -- Part 1

Beth Kobliner | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

At my friend's parent-teacher meeting to discuss her eighth-grade son, the teacher made a wacky recommendation: my friend should consider bribery to motivate him to work harder in school. I'm not kidding.

Study: Students Perform Better On Tests When Offered Financial Incentives

Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

Students attending low-performing schools tend to perform better on tests when promised financial or non-financial incentives for good scores, accordi...

CPS Paying For Good Grades

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Up to 5,000 freshmen at 20 Chicago public high schools will get cash for good--and even average--grades as part of a new, Harvard-designed test progr...