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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 core classes.

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 motivation test.

The revision is required as part of TUSD's decades-long desegregation effort.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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