For $20, students at a North Carolina middle school can buy 20 test points — 10 extra points on two tests of the student’s choosing, reports Education Week.
Susie Shepherd, Rosewood Middle School principal, said a parent advisory council came up with the idea after last year’s chocolate sale flopped.
Shepherd rejected the suggestion that the school is selling grades. Extra points on two tests won’t make a difference in a student’s final grade, she said.
It’s wrong to think that “one particular grade could change the entire focus of nine weeks,” Shepherd said.
Then the kids are getting gypped.
Some schools let teachers give extra credit to students who bring in supplies, such as tissues or pencils.
Update: The Wayne County school district has canceled the cash-for-points fundraiser and told the school to return any donations.