Thursday, February 22, 2007

Can You Say Grade Inflation?

America is Lake Woebegone. Suddenly, American students aren't average--they are above average according to grades. Strangely, they're below average according to standardized test scores.

There are a couple causes of this:

  1. Nobody is getting smarter. Kids never were getting smarter.
  2. To get into college grades are important. Kids are taking tough classes (maybe) but grades are getting pushed up so they can get into college.

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