Grade Inflation Is Not Uniform

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Grade inflation is the tendency to award progressively higher academic grades for work that would have received lower grades in the past. It is frequently discussed in relation to education in the United States, and to GCSEs and A levels in England and Wales. It is also an issue in Canada and many other nations, especially Australia and New Zealand.
Possible problems associated with grade inflation
Grade inflation reduces the incentive for students to excel, since such excellence is no longer reflected in their transcripts.
Grade inflation causes most students to be overconfident in their abilities.
Grade inflation is not uniform between schools. This places students in more stringently graded schools and departments at an unfair disadvantage, unless employers take into account a school 's ranking.
Grade inflation is not uniform among disciplines.
Grade inflation makes it more difficult to compare students who took their exams at different times.
Princeton University took a rare stand against grade inflation in 2004, and publicly announced a policy designed to curb it. The policy states that "A" grades should account for less than 35% of the grades for undergraduate courses, and less than 55% of grades for junior and senior independent work. The standard by which the grading record of each department or program is evaluated is the percentage of "A" grades given over the previous three years.
Arguments against taking action on grade inflation
Higher grades at some…
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