Student Incentives Based on Test Scores?

I came across a blog post shared by @atchalkface on Facebook of a letter sent by a group of second grade teachers to parents for an end of the year incentive party based on scores on the high stakes state tests. The students could attend the incentive party for various periods of time based on the scores made on the state standardized test.  Below is the letter that lists the criteria to attend the party.

 

 

This concerns me a great deal. I know there are teachers that say external factors do not ‘factor in’ to test scores but students have off days or family issues that affect their performance on standardized tests. The above criteria are punitive in nature in my opinion. The blog author, @atchalkface, called for naming which school and teachers this letter originated.

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