Unemployment, as of this writing, had reached a 14-year high. That's just one more thing to worry about in an economy bristling with troublesome trends.

But now, it appears a clutch of ever-resourceful entrepreneurs has come up with a strategy that just might make a serious dent in this unsettling jobless trend.

The brainstorm: Hire people to take tests.

Cash for Scores: This idea could catch on at both the K-12 and higher-education levels. Schools from coast to coast are trying it with various tests, and Baylor University has been giving it a whirl in Waco, Texas, with the SAT.

In some ways, paying...

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