who achieved high scores on their CST.
Ms. Scott was able shed some light on some of the darkness that surrounds the Gold Card’s whereabouts. According to her, “There will be a Gold Card, but as for when that would be rolled out, I would have to check with Mr.D’Agostino.” When asked about the Gold Card's revised privileges, she said, “We are doing a free back-to-school dance, free black-light dance, front of the linepass and a free soda or hot dog at all home sporting events.” These benefits may be considered by some students to be less than those of last year’s. The reason to lessen the Gold Card’s value was due to monetary costs. According to Ms. Scott the school lost about 4,500 to 5,000 dollars in revenue last year due to the high number of students gaining free access to all the dances. However, this did not stop the school from issuing it out, which should still be considered a blessing by the students.
Could such an incentive be what kids need to do well on their tests? Tyler Connors, 11th grader, said, “I think that there should be something to make us work harder” and Jory Hartshorn said, “Well, at least there is something that will make us try harder.” Although using incentives can help boost test scores, it seems that many students who should be getting Gold Cards are not. Perhaps it is because students that take AP classes focus on what the AP class teaches, which is often different from what the CST tests on. As a result of taking the challenge of a college course, they get tested on subjects that they went over vaguely. According to Ashley Tfaye, 12th grader, “The smartest students don’t get rewarded, but the people with easy classes do.”
While that may be true, to an extent. The kids who take easy classes still have to score high- an achievement in its own right.
As for the Gold Card, the good news is that they will be handed out. To the kids who scored high on their test scores: do not worry, there will still be a nice, shiny plastic “gold” card that we will be able to gloat about this year.