Leflore schools paying kids for decent MCT2 scores

Published 1:07 pm Thursday, May 13, 2010

Parents tell children that good academic performance is its own reward, but in the Leflore County School District, decent scores on state standardized tests could net students some cash.

Leflore Superintendent Jean Hall is defending a district policy of paying $50 to any student who scores “advanced” and $25 to anyone who scores “proficient” on the MCT2 tests.

Children in grades 3-8 statewide are being tested this week in language arts and math.

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Hall said Monday that the financial rewards will continue, despite some threatening remarks aimed at her. She said the district has provided plenty of other motivational incentives, such as speakers, musical performers, trips and parties.