Do students respond to cash incentives?

More than 300 schools in six states are taking part this year in a program that aims to boost participation in Advanced Placement courses by offering cash incentives to students and their teachers. The program, funded by the National Math and Science Initiative, pays $100 to students who score a 3 or above on the exams, and rewards teachers for each student who does so. At participating schools, officials credit the program with increasing enrollment and success in AP courses -- particularly among minority students.

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