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ERIC Number: ED177992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Declining ACT Scores and Grade Inflation at Southeastern Louisiana University.
David, Remigius
Grade reports of Southeastern Louisiana University from 1970-71 through 1978-79 were examined to determine whether grade inflation occurred in relation to scores on the American College Testing (ACT) program. Both ACT and Scholastic Aptitude Test scores have been declining nationally, while university registrars report that student grades at the A and B level have been increasing. At Southeastern Louisiana University, A grades increased a full percentage point each year during the decade of the study until the peak was reached in the 1974-75 school year. Rather precipitous drops then occurred until 1977-78. B grades see-sawed back and forth until 1972-73 when they began dropping a percentage point per year, plateauing in the 1976-77 year, then falling to a lower stage for the next two years. C grades declined steadily except for a three-year plateau, and D grades remained fairly constant throughout most of the period except for the peak year of the A grades. A-grade inflation like that which has occurred in academia across the United States is indicated. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; Southeastern Louisiana University