New York City is expanding the use of cash rewards for students who take standardized tests. A $1 million effort financed by philanthropists will pay students who do well on Advanced Placement exams. The private initiative comes as the city's education department is beginning its own program to pay some students in the fourth and seventh grades for taking and doing well on 10 standardized tests given throughout the year.
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EARLIER: New York City students could earn as much as $500 a year for doing well on standardized tests and showing up for class in a new program to begin this fall. Under the plan, fourth-grade students will receive up to $25 for a perfect score on each of 10 standardized tests throughout the year. Seventh-grade students will be able to earn twice as much — $50 per test, for a total of up to $500. Fourth graders will receive $5 just for taking the test, and seventh graders will get $10.