TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson Unified School District is considering giving
students extra credit for being highly motivated as a way to increase the number
of minorities admitted at University High School.
The Arizona Daily Star says the proposed “motivation
test” is designed to measure student persistence or motivation around learning.
If approved, students looking to attend the nationally-recognized school will
still be required to take the existing entrance test and have a 3.0 GPA in four
If they fall short in either category, a good score on the motivation test can
be used as extra points to qualify for admission for at least the first year.
After that, TUSD will re-evaluate the weight/point distribution for the
The revision is required as part of TUSD’s decades-long desegregation effort.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com