Alert Solutions Blog

Student Test Performance Improves on Incentive, Study Finds

Posted by Philip Young on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

Do students respond positively to incentives for completing their classwork?  It does help, according to a study conducted among 6,500 Chicago elementary and high school students.

Conducted by Freakonomics, students attending low-performing schools had a tendency to do better on tests when monetary or non-monetary incentives were offered for good scores.  During a two year period, researchers conducted random tests throughout three of Chicago area’s low-performing school districts to conclude their findings.

Awards ranging from $10-$20 were most effective for students in higher grades, while those in elementary school responded better to non-monetary awards like ribbons and trophies. 

Timing also played a factor – if rewards were promised immediately after the test, the response was greater.  Rewards said to be distributed a month after the test showed less motivation among students.

Check out the rest of the article to read more!

Topics: power announcement, powerschool, education

Subscribe via Email

Subscribe Via RSS Feed

Latest Posts

Browse by Tag