Grade Inflation
slide of student perceptions of grade equivalents



The grades may have gone up (more "A"s and "B"s) but the grade distribution may well have remained the same; that is, still normal curve distributed from excellent to failing, simply with different labels for what constitutes a pass.

Thus, we need to distinguish between "grade inflation" and "grade compression": the former represents a change in labels; the latter represents an actual change in distribution

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