Brainy Groveland exists to promote education in Groveland, California and surrounding communities. We do this primarily through incentive programs in math and reading at the grade school level.
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We have a whole page of additional Reading Program statistics.
Incentives include small payments for participation and passing tests, and an occasional drawing for one or more Android tablets.
For those who want to practice these things, there are many good apps out there for all devices. If you are in one of our classes and have an Android device, you can get the same software we use in the classroom from the GetTheApp page.
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There is a little more detail on the MathStats page.
Financial Incentives and Student Achievement: Evidence from Randomized Trials One of the most-referenced journal articles about educational incentives, by Roland Fryer
The June 9, 2012 article The Freakonomics Economist Discovered the Right Way to Bribe Students describes a study of what sort of incentives work best for students.
Time Magazine's April 8, 2010 issue has an article about the effects of paying students for performance. It is worth a careful reading, as some approaches work better than others. It is gratifying to see that the most effective program was the one most like Brainy Groveland's reading program.
Another Time article, April 3, 2012 talks about the importance of 3rd grade reading. You can get a taste from the link, but the full article is reserved for subscribers.
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