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Posted - 08/03/2012 08:54am
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Study Finds Timing of Student Rewards Key to Effectiveness

Study Finds Timing of Student Rewards Key to Effectiveness

Reward programs have a long tradition in classrooms—think of gold stars and perfect attendance certificates—but direct-incentive programs have had lackluster effects at improving student achievement. New research on student motivation suggests that the timing and format of several of these high-profile programs may explain some of their inconsistent results.

The new findings come in a working paper published this summer by the National Bureau of Economic Research. A team of researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of California, San Diego, and the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany conducted a series of six experiments in three low-performing Chicago-area districts: Bloom Township, Chicago Heights, and Chicago. Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and the author of the 2009 William Morrow book Super Freakonomics , led the study.

From 2009 to 2011, the researchers repeatedly scheduled low-stakes diagnostic tests of students in elementary and middle school as well as 10th graders. The students were not told about the potential reward until just before the second test; the researchers measured the incentives’ effect on students’ test-taking, not their long-term effort...

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