High School Grade Inflation

March 27, 2007 1 min read

Grade inflation not only makes it difficult to create meaningful distinction between students, but it also undermines the value and credibility of grades themselves, writes Perry A. Zirkel in this Education Week Commentary.

Despite these negative consequences, many teachers and administrators continue to inflate grades. They cite the need for improved self-esteem, financial aid policies based on GPA, and competitive college admissions as compelling reasons to change their grading style. But if schools want to change the way they grade without creating false expectations, writes Zirkel, they must be clear and open about it.

What do you think? Is grade inflation a problem? If so, what can be done about it?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.