Incentives Offered to Students Who Score Well on Standardized Tests


Students who meet a certain level of growth on standardized testing next week will be offered incentives, such as final exemptions and late starts. MAP testing for grades 9-11 will have the incentive of late starts for students who meet their projected growth.

“We are one of the few schools who have not taken on incentivized finals. That was something that we all had to have a discussion about, share our thoughts and concerns,” English teacher Brooke VanHecke said. “Some of the concerns are what about the preparation for finals and rigor in the classrooms for finals. Learning how to manage your time for final exams was also discussed.”

There is a representative from each department. They all met with their departments and administration to talk about about what incentives would look like.

“[We discussed] what is the incentive for getting out of a final? Is it a MAP test? Probably not. Is it a state assessment that goes on our building’s data? We’re wanting to get accurate data, so are incentives something we were willing to look at to get real results,” VanHecke said.

State Assessments are scored on a 1-4 scale. If 80% of the sophomore class scores at least a Level two in the English Assessment or 70% of students score at least a Level two in Math, the entire class will receive exemption from that field’s final exam. If 85% of juniors score at least a Level two on the Science Assessment, the class will also receive a final exemption. Individual students who score above a three on the State Assessments will also receive the incentives.

These goals were based off of last year’s data, which had no incentives associated with them. Last school year, 71% scored at least a Level 2 in ELA, 57% in Math and 80% in Science.

“We’re wanting real numbers, and I think that’s was what our problem was. The percentage that was cast upon 17-18 probably wasn’t accurate. Each wing all came back saying they think incentives will be beneficial. We would like to see what those results are like,” VanHecke said.