ERIC Number: EJ1093278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Grade Inflation Marches On: Grade Increases from the 1990s to 2000s
Kostal, Jack W.; Kuncel, Nathan R.; Sackett, Paul R.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v35 n1 p11-20 Spr 2016
Grade inflation threatens the integrity of college grades as indicators of academic achievement. In this study, we contribute to the literature on grade inflation by providing the first estimate of the size of grade increases at the student level between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. By controlling for student characteristics and course-taking patterns, we are able to eliminate alternative explanations for grade increases. Our results suggest that grade inflation has occurred across decades, at a small yet non-negligible rate. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Grades (Scholastic), Achievement Gains, Achievement Rating, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Effect Size, Student Characteristics, Course Selection (Students), Outcome Measures, College Programs, Integrity
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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