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 This could explain why grade inflation is more acute in the humanities and social sciences, where teaching positions are more precarious. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2022 College completion rates have been increasing since 1990, which a study last year by Brigham Young and Purdue professors linked to grade inflation. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2022 The school will still take a holistic approach to every applicant, looking at grades, test scores and life experience – although Schmill also suggested there’s quite a bit of grade inflation going on out there. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 But students who get Ds and Fs are typically those who don’t turn in their work or show up to class, said Rey Hernández-Julián, a finance professor of Metropolitan State University of Denver who has studied grade inflation. Mikhail Zinshteyn, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Nov. 2021 This often does lead to dropping out, to a watering down of standards, grade inflation and other pathologies of the modern era. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Ask anyone, but especially those in education, about grade inflation and you’re likely to get strong responses. Derek Newton, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Transcripts and diplomas don’t carry much weight for many employers, as grade inflation has reduced the worth of a cumulative grade point average. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 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. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of grade inflation

1975, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2022

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“Grade inflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grade%20inflation. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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