That means some schools and teachers go to extraordinary lengths to help motivate students. Some parents might hear that a teacher will allow students who do well on the exams to skip finals. Others use food to spur their students.
Steckbauer and other West educators such as Sue Clairmore-Dix, the director of counseling, say simple seems to be working this year.
“From my end of things, I’m seeing students knowing how important the exams are. I think kids know about things such as the new report cards (a state system of measuring schools’ effectiveness). They’re reading the newspaper,” Clairmore-Dix said.