A Boston College study shows that National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for 12th-grade students were higher when the students were paid to take the test, education reporter Debra Viadero writes in this blog post. Education experts have long speculated about the cause of consistently low scores among 12th-graders, whose NAEP scores are not tied to graduation. The results of this study support the idea that 12th-graders may simply be under-motivated, Viadero writes.

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