grade inflation

noun

Definition of grade inflation

: a rise in the average grade assigned to students especially : the assigning of grades higher than previously assigned for given levels of achievement

Examples of grade inflation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those in favor of keeping the SAT and ACT requirements in place believe removing them will lead to grade inflation and ill-prepared students gaining admission. TheWeek, "University of California system to eliminate SAT and ACT requirements," 22 May 2020 But this isn’t some early debate and this scorecard doesn’t believe in grade inflation. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Scorecard: Grading the debate performance of the Democratic candidates," 14 Jan. 2020 Even in the era of grade inflation, the average GPA for students at U.S. colleges and universities is 3.15. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Grading Ohio State football’s Justin Fields: How our postgame analysis undersold his 2019 excellence," 10 Jan. 2020 Conservatives are under the impression that the discrepancy between grade level and skill is due to grade inflation and that the attempt to end the gifted programs is based on identity politics. Rafi Eis, National Review, "The Progressive Transformation of New York City Schools," 7 Nov. 2019 Students can't get their transcripts until Kennedy's grade inflation investigation ends. Diana Samuels, nola.com, "Dozens of Kennedy seniors were ineligible to graduate, review finds: report," 21 June 2019 But some educators are wary that going test-optional would spark even more grade inflation as high school teachers could be pressured to award more As. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "Will UC schools drop their SAT scores requirement?," 2 Oct. 2019 Students can't get their transcripts until Kennedy's grade inflation investigation ends. Diana Samuels, nola.com, "Dozens of Kennedy seniors were ineligible to graduate, review finds: report," 21 June 2019 Students can't get their transcripts until Kennedy's grade inflation investigation ends. Diana Samuels, nola.com, "Dozens of Kennedy seniors were ineligible to graduate, review finds: report," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of grade inflation

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Grade inflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grade%20inflation. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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