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Grade Inflation

Princeton May Soon End Unusual Grading Policy

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

Princeton University may soon end a policy that limited how many A's could be distributed to students. A faculty committee appointed by University ...

Are We Ready for "Score Inflation?"

Stephen Secora | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Stephen Secora

By making the SAT more representative of what students learn in their schools, the College Board may democratize the exam, and make its accessibility -- and therefore college's accessibility -- open to everyone.

Open Letter to Janet Napolitano: Please Help the UC System Escape the Culture of Mediocrity

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

In a nutshell: A C grade is the new F. What does this mean? Professors are passing students who should not be passing, and the UC system is graduating students who have not earned a college level education.

Grading Time: I Give Up, You're All Exceptional

Rebecca Schuman | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Rebecca Schuman

It's that magical time in collegiate life when the sum total of a student's achievement is quantified in a series of letters. And these days, those letters are usually A's.

Good Enough Does Not Lead to Greatness

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Dr. David Svaldi

Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. "Good enough" will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our nation.

When Everyone Gets a Trophy, No One Wins

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Education
Michael Sigman

The nation has become a self-parodic reflection of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon: thanks to collusion between parents and educators, the vast majority of all private school children are virtually guaranteed to be above average.

Grade Inflation: Killing Innovation

Ann He | Posted 06.02.2012 | Teen
Ann He

Exaggerated GPAs and depreciated college degrees -- the byproducts of rampant grade inflation -- have turned America from the country of opportunity into the country of underachievement.

A History Of College Grade Inflation

nytimes.com | CATHERINE RAMPELL | Posted 09.14.2011 | College

We've written before about some of the work of Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy, grade inflation chroniclers extraordinaire. They have put toge...

The Most Common Grade In College Is...

nytimes.com | CATHERINE RAMPELL | Posted 09.14.2011 | College

Most recently, about 43 percent of all letter grades given were A's, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 198...

Inside Lies Magic: Investing Time in June for Planning for Next Year

Meg Campbell | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

Finland's public education system is enjoying a great deal of attention these days. One characteristic worth emulating is how much time they give teachers to plan and work together.

Columbia Students Rack Up Straight A's

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

According to a document leaked to the Columbia Daily Spectator this week, at least 8 percent of the university's undergraduate population achieved a G...

Grade Inflation: The A Team

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Nicolaus Mills

At one time, colleges worried about having too many students willing to settle for gentleman's C's. Now they worry about having too many students feeling entitled to automatic A's. How do we make grades meaningful for all students?

Remember When We Had Higher Standards? Neither Do I

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Today's denunciations of falling standards and demands for accountability reflect the same legacy that brought down traditional values inside and outside of schools.

In Defense of the "D"

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

The push to banish the "D" from school report cards represents yet another attempt to water-down standards, all in the name of inflating GPAs and boosting student self-esteem.

Entitled Rookie Job Seekers are Not Empowered

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

I like to think the millennial age of entitlement ran amok when a sports entrepreneur invented T-Ball so every mini little leaguer could actually hit ...

Students Study Less, Earn Higher Grades

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A recent study by University of California-Santa Barbara economist Philip Babcock found that students today work less and have higher expectations in ...

Duke Prof's No-Grading Experiment A Success

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

When Duke University's Cathy Davidson announced her grading plan for a seminar she would be offering this semester, she attracted attention nationwide...

Grade Inflation Felt More At Private Colleges, Study Says

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Over the last 50 years, college grade-point averages have risen about 0.1 points per decade, with private schools fueling the most grade inflation, a ...

Chicago Public Schools Grade Inflation: Hyde Park Academy Raised 2,000 Grades

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Sun-Times reports Thursday that the schools inspector general has launched an investigation into the grade hikes at more than 30 schools,...

Unlike Princeton, No Grade Inflation At UPenn

The Daily Pennsylvanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Penn currently has no plans to adopt a grade inflation policy, but certain departments seek to control grade inflation within their own courses. For e...