grade inflation


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 One of the biggest stumbling blocks is whether all applicants should be required to take an entrance exam to safeguard against grade inflation or whether the use of test scores should be optional., 18 June 2021 To give one example, high graduation or retention rates are great, but they can be dishonestly achieved by simply engaging in grade inflation. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 24 May 2021 But high-school GPA is subject to grade inflation, so colleges will always need to include a more-objective measure of academic aptitude alongside it. Preston Cooper, National Review, 21 May 2021 At the same time, college admissions officers warn, grade inflation is real, as is variability among schools and grading systems. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2021 In fact, Reed is renowned for an absence of grade inflation that reflects the rigor of our academic program and the high standards set by the faculty. WSJ, 15 Feb. 2021 This situation is guaranteed to engineer grade inflation for mediocre work as the pool of titles shrinks. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 22 Dec. 2020 Universities need to strengthen their academic standards before grade inflation gets out of hand. WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 Proponents say the tests help identify hidden academic potential and provide a useful check against grade inflation. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grade inflation

1975, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2021

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“Grade inflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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