Do you think that's unreasonable? Here's the thing: if students pay to take their exams, they would take the classes more seriously and try hard on the exams. Right?
Before you oppose, imagine this for a minute. Go ahead, close your eyes. Suppose you own a school where you pay all the bills. There are 152 students in AP and 24 in IB in your school. AP exams cost $94 per exam. IB exams cost $199, plus there is a registration fee of $172 per IB exam. For the amount of students signed up to take the exams, that is a bill of $23,192 that you have to pay!
But it's fine. The students are worth it. But wait...we're still imagining. On exam day, all the IB students show, but of the 152 AP students who exams have been paid for, only 42 show up to sit for the exam.
Wait...it gets better.
Of the 42 that show up to take the exam, only 25 actually attempt the exam. The rest, rest. They sleep the entire exam. So you paid $23,192 for 49 students to take an exam. Hold on...our math is off. For any unused exams, there is a $15 return fee for AP exams. So, if you had to return 127 exams, you actually paid $25,097 for 25 students to take an exam that 152 were supposed to take.
Why aren't students taking these high stakes exams that could give them a boost in college? Why are they in AP? What is the goal? The question then becomes does it not matter simply because you, the school pay person, had to pay and the student didn't? According to business expert Nadine J. Larder, "people don't appreciate what they don't have to pay for."
In some schools, students do have to pay either half or the full amount. In those schools, the turn out is almost 100%. What do you think? Should students have to pay for exams? Would they value the education they're getting more? Would they try harder in class?
Read the commentary above, then comment on the following: "What role does accountability play in shaping who we are as individuals and influencing our behavior?"
1. INCLUDE: First initial AND last name AND class period.
2. Respond in no more than 10 sentences and no less than five.
3. You MUST respond to at least TWO other posts from any student. Your replies cannot be identical comments on different posts and posting shallow comments such as "I agree" or "I disagree" will earn you a zero. Make sure your reply addresses the comment that you are responding to.
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- Be clear about your position
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- Use rhetorical devices and other grammar elements
- Write EPIC Content-Engaging, Powerful, Informative, Creative
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Due: Fri., October 12, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST