Yes, you did read that correctly. "Rather than reach deeper into their own pockets, a few creative educators are waging grassroots fundraising efforts. Tom Farber, an Advanced Placement calculus teacher at San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School, made headlines recently when he asked parents and local businesses to sponsor his exams.
"I knew I had to do something," Farber told Edutopia, explaining that if he gave one quiz per chapter to each of his 167 students, he'd spend more than $500 (roughly $3 a student) on photocopies alone. "I couldn't give fewer tests. If I don't give practice exams along the way, my students won't be ready to take the AP test." It's hard to argue with Farber's logic, given his track record: Nearly 9 out of 10 of his students score a perfect 5 on the AP calculus exam.
So Farber sells a small amount of space at the bottom of each exam. (Download a PDF
of a sample exam.) He charges $10 for a quiz, $20 for a test, and $30 for a final. Most advertisers select and sponsor motivational quotes, such as this gem from Quaker author and theologian D. Elton Trueblood: "A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants trees under which he full well knows he will never sit."
To date, Farber has raised more than $625 -- enough to cover a year's worth of photocopies. "It's a sign of the times," he says. "When money is tight, you really have to be more creative."" (Snyder, Tamar. "How to Get Free Classroom Supplies
So how do you think this idea would grab your administration? In the current economic crunch, I am all about creative ways to fund my classroom budget, but I don't think Goochland's administrators or School Board would be willing to embrace selling ad space on tests. Sadly, we tap into our community businesses too much for fundraisers our extracurricular projects, and I think we could ruin that financial support by adding something else for them to sponsor. But I wonder? Do you think Obama or Oprah would buy and ad on my next marking period test? Just saying....