The National Bureau of Economic Research has a paper that reflects a study by economists that concludes that paying students in the United States for correct answers on standardized tests nets higher scores than those of students who were not paid. Economist conducting the research conclude that the problem with U.S. students is not skills or knowledge but motivation.
The Barometer hardly knows what to say or where to start, except to say: How did we come to this?
The findings are more troubling because the study was also conducted in China and there the payments did not make a difference in score levels. Chinese students do their best on the test regardless of payments.
Finally, the study concludes that paying all U.S. students could lift the US ranking on test performance from 36th in the world to 19th. If we cannot teach our children well, we can bribe them into scoring better. Get ready for the federal budget allocations for test compensation, educational bribery, or competitive slush fund, whatever you want to call this.