grade inflation

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grade inflation (uncountable)

  1. (education) A gradual upward trend in grades awarded to students during the decades since the mid-20th century, reported in a number of countries and at a number of levels of schooling and sometimes offered as evidence of a decline in academic standards.
    • 1981, I. Bejar and E. Blew, "Grade Inflation and the Validity of the Scholastic Aptitude Test," American Educational Research Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 143:
      Grade inflation refers to an increase in grade point average without a concomitant increase in achievement.