ERIC Number: ED393867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
High School Grades and Achievement: Evidence of Grade Inflation. ACT Research Report Series 95-3.
Ziomek, Robert L.; Svec, Joseph C.
Although much speculation has been devoted to concerns over the existence and degree of grade inflation at the high school level, there exists a lack of current empirical data documenting the extent, if it exists, of this phenomenon. This study was designed to investigate evidence of the existence, persistence, and degree of grade inflation by monitoring a large sample of schools over 5 years. Using only schools with at least 30 students taking the American College Test (ACT) resulted in a sample of 5,136 public schools. Decile ranks of student grade point averages and ACT results were compared. Results not only provide evidence supporting the grade inflation hypothesis, but also indicate that the phenomenon appears to be especially substantial at the higher end of the grade point scale. (Contains 5 tables and 13 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Trends, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Grading, High School Students, High Schools, Public Schools, Trend Analysis
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers: ACT Assessment