The REACH program, operating in 31 schools in New York City, is offering low-income and minority students cash incentives for high AP test scores. Starting this school year, students earning a score of 3—the first passing score—stand to make $500, a score of 4 earns $750, and a top score of 5 will be worth $1,000.
What do you think? Would monetary incentives drive more students to take AP exams and score well on them? Should students be given the chance to cash in on their AP scores? Or are there better ways to step up high school rigor?