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The “Incentivising” Experiment in New York City Schools


by Ronald E. Chennault — November 26, 2007

The New York City public school system introduced a new plan this fall to offer monetary incentives to students for performance on standardized tests. This experiment will involve at least 40 schools and at least 9,000 students. This commentary discusses the problems with such an incentive program and argues for other means for addressing “achievement gaps” that are more supported by evidence.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 26, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14792, Date Accessed: 7/22/2014 5:16:37 PM

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  • Ronald Chennault
    DePaul University
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    RONALD E. CHENNAULT is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research. His scholarly interests include race, cultural pluralism, educational theory and policy, cultural studies, and media analysis. He is the author of Hollywood Films about Schools: Where Race, Politics, and Education Intersect (2006).
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