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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Further on grade inflation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

John Brummett blogs further about grade inflation and its potential impact on eligibility for state college scholarships. He calls out some schools where grades don't match test performance.

Two things: 1) I was an A student in chemistry every six weeks in high school. I took it the year my high school adopted standardized national tests for the final exam. On which I scored a solid (well maybe it was a low) C.

2) I did a great deal of reporting on grade inflation back when Sen. Dave Bisbee first started raising heck about its existence in Arkansas schools. The link to my article is alas, lost to time. There is not a perfect pattern, and there are exceptions in both directions, but I think you'll find that grade inflation is most prevalent in high minority enrollment schools.

Using an ACT score or end-of-class test for scholarship qualification in schools with inflated grades still equals punishment for the kid who thought he was meeting standards. He thought he was an A chemistry student. Why sweat over the final? He'd always made Bs. If he couldn't trust his teachers to assess his work, how would he know he wasn't learning enough and might flunk the end-of-course test?

Punishing the kid for the system's failure makes little sense. I still believe grades are a better indicator of future success than test scores, on the whole.

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