ERIC Number: ED484784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
High School Grade Inflation from 1991 to 2003. Research Report Series 2004-04
Woodruff, David J.; Ziomek, Robert L.
This report presents the results of a study investigating inflation in high school grade point average (HSGPA). Inflation was measured by comparing HSGPA to ACT Assessment (ACT) scores over the years 1991 to 2003. The results indicate the presence of grade inflation over the 13 years. That is, HSGPAs increased without a concomitant increase in achievement, as measured by the ACT. Both the marginal analyses and the conditional analyses reveal the presence of grade inflation. Depending on the subject area, the average amount of grade inflation over the 13 years varied between 0.20 and 0.26 on a HSGPA scale of 0 (F) to 4 (A).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.