Why should we pay students when they get good test scores? In all truth, It will only make the students lazier. The only reason they want to get good test scores in the first place is for the money. Students should WANT and have the drive to get good test scores instead of being bribed with money. What happens when you enter college? There will be no money given. It would be a set up for failure.
The students who are scoring well aren't the lazy ones, they're the one who've dedicated hours of their time to studying and preparation, otherwise they wouldn't have scored well. It is a reward for their hard work, not a bribe. These students would have strived to achieve high scores with or without the incentive because they are essential to college admissions and provide other advantages like scholarships. The money students are receiving isn't an addition to their wallet, but actually a partial reimbursement for the money spent on the tests. Each AP exam is $89, clearly a costly sum for the average high school student who doesn't receive financial aid, especially combined with the cost of SAT and ACT tests, which students are encouraged to take more than once, and the cost of multiple AP exams for those who take more than one course. A student who takes 3 Advanced Placement courses will pay around $270.00, not including other exams. While the cash bonuses vary between school districts based on available funds and grants received, the money returned rarely covers the entire testing cost.