SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Offering teachers and students cash incentives for positive test performances can boost ensuing testing scores, a New York researcher's study says.
Research conducted by Cornell University economist Kirabo Jackson found that offering cash incentives for passing scores on an Advanced Placement test prompted increased test scores on tests like the Standard Achievement Test, a Hoover Institution news release said Thursday.
Jackson said the Advanced Placement Incentive Program was used in a number of Texas schools and a 22-percent increase in high SAT or ACT scores were found in relation to the offering of incentives.
For the study, a high SAT score was more than 1100, while a high ACT score sat at 24 or more.
Jackson said that the data indicated that the cash incentives motivated both teachers and students to focus more on the testing process, especially in relation to minority students.
"These outcomes are likely the result of stronger encouragement from teachers and guidance counselors to enroll in AP courses, better information provided to students, and changes in teacher and peer norms," Jackson said.