Grade Inflation

Conceptual Confusion: Grade Inflation

Many studies suggests grade inflation is a problem, but for every finding of grade inflation there is a corresponding article refuting the charge. Aldeman (1995) found that not clear that grades are higher now than before; Becker (1996) found concern with inflation "grossly exaggerated". As each study brought forth its findings, the next would reinterpret the results away. We need to demonstrate "an increase in grade point average without a concomitant increase in achievement" (Bejar and Blew, 1981). But it is extremely difficult to document achievement other than through reference to grades. Studies of inflation therefore often seem to confuse dependent and independent variables. Consequently, the Grading Task Force resisted undertaking extensive statistical studies until it could clarify what, if anything, would constitute proof of grade inflation.

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