ERIC Number: ED546783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Stop Giving in to Higher Grades: Ten Suggestions on How to Fight Grade Inflation
Costley, Kevin C.
Grade inflation has been a consistently ignored problem in the public schools and universities for over fifty years. Grades keep getting higher and higher for a multitude of reasons. Students expect high grades. Parents demand high grades of their children and teachers. Some administrators implicitly or explicitly require that their teachers give high grades for various reasons. Thus, with more and more inflated grades in American public schools, college and university students demand more high grades. They are conditioned to receive high grades. This is the entitlement generation; students often feel unsuccessful when they receive a grade lower than an A. Teachers at all level have heard students plead for A grades. This article states that this subject should be brought back up in many forums, in public schools and published articles. High grades are an epidemic. Grading students will never go away; however, grading should be the result of actual learner outcomes, not inflated grades to make students and parent happy. This article states ten ways on how teachers can begin to begin the process of eliminating inflated grades. The article also advocates the dire need for administrators from the top down to evaluate why excessively high grades are given and return to fair grading. This article is useful for administrators, teachers, and parents/guardians.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Parents
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