Cash for Studying by Joanne Jacobs examines a study to see if paying low-income students for good test scores works. Jacobs cites an editorial in the Christian Science Monitor based on research that students from low-income families who are paid to study are more likely to achieve academic goals. It’s sorta sad that this scheme works; but if we’re serious about raising student achievement across the board, we have to be creative.
Behind the Scenes of Rate My Professor.com is Michael Arnzenâ€™s interesting examination of the web site phenom. I share Arnzen’s criticisms of the site, but there is no denying that prospective students can get a bunch of information about a college’s professoriate by visiting the site. One should take the rankings with a grain of salt (just as we take the US News rankings with a grain of salt).