California legislators want to encourage schools to reward middle and high school students for achievement or improvement on standardized tests. The bill ban cash incentives — and provides no extra cash to schools — but suggests principals offer freebies donated by local businesses. Reach “proficient,” get a pizza.
California’s standardized tests (STAR) are high stakes for schools but not for students, who start to catch on to that in high school. It would make more sense to exempt students from the graduation exam or the college entrance test if they ace STAR.