Tom McCoy, principal of Hueneme High, said it's hard to motivate kids to take the test seriously because it's not needed to pass high school or enter college, nor is it factored into grades.
Before hitting hard budget times, McCoy
said, even the state awarded scholarships for scores, $150,000 a year on his
campus alone.With those incentives gone, he
said, schools are continuing the tradition.
"As long as the STAR continues to be its own entity," he
said, "we're going to think of incentives." He
wanted to take the test
The day before testing began at Foothill Technology High, a freshman was riding his
bike when he
was hit by a car.
The teen fell onto the hood, hurt his
knee, cracked his
body was covered with cuts and scrapes.
Yet the next day, the teen came to school using a cane.He
wanted to take the test. He
wanted to test, Principal Joe Bova said, to represent his
wanted to help his
class earn incentives: a schoolwide trip to Magic Mountain.