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grade inflation

n
(Education) an apparently continual increase in numbers of students attaining high examination grades, or the practice of awarding grades in this way

grade′ infla`tion


n.
the awarding of higher grades than students deserve either to maintain a school's academic reputation or as a result of diminished teacher expectations.
[1980–85]
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And conditioning tax credits on a B average would go even further: It would make grade inflation mandatory in all freshman and sophomore classes - and not just at community colleges.
They will address the pernicious damage caused by grade inflation and dumbing down, which have undermined students' achievements.
It is no coincidence that complaints about grade inflation started and have grown in number during the 24 years since GCSE was inaugurated in 1988.
Grade inflation is the result and a growing concern.
The fourth edition adds reading selections on Afghan women, African refugees, and grade inflation, and three new chapters to the final unit on textbooks.
Another result of this whole situation is the incredible state of grade inflation at all levels.
THE head of employers' organisation CBI has praised the efforts of A-level students and said claims of widespread employer concern about grade inflation are ``wildly overdone''.
But she added: "We continue to believe that yet another 'record-breaking year' for A-level pass rates is symptomatic of endemic and rampant grade inflation.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) said rampant grade inflation meant the exam system's gold standard exam no longer presented students with a real test.
Harvard University hopes to let the air out of grade inflation charges with a new grading scale and tougher requirements for honors.
Grade inflation describes an upward shift in the grade-point average (GPA) over an extended period of time and has emerged in all levels of education in the past three decades (Carney el al.