GradesInflation Response posts
Insome way I would agree with you that the wide utilization ofinstitution-wide learning outcome assessments could prove a reasonfor institutions experiencing cases of grades inflation. Eachinstitution adopts different approaches towards grade inflation.Depending on the subject institution, the mechanisms employed tocounter or encourage the trend is primarily contingent of the levelof technology applied. When technology is entailed more chances ofperforming well exist and more grades A’s will be achieved. Whenmore activities are assessed, the achievement of the grade A’sbecomes easy to some students and could probably influence gradeinflation.
Onthe second question you asked, I think the new era of gradesassessment standards may have prompted in some way or another theissue of grades inflation. As education have grown to become one ofthe most determinative factors of one’s income more students aretrying to achieve that high grade via all available means. As such,grade inflation continuously becomes practiced. With grade inflationadopting a positive direction, the number of passing studentsincreases as those performing poorly reduces. However, the recentstudies have suggested no huge effect on poor grades have occurred asa result of grades inflation.
Iwould say the cutting edge of human technology is advancing at quitea sporadic pace. The fact that less educational innovations are madetoday than the technological advances means students will always stayahead of the content and beyond the approved limit. I really do notthink they will cancel out.
Whentalk about competition being killed is simply because in some caseseven after attaining the required points if there are better studentsthan you and the limit cannot exceed 35% then the students becomediscouraged. With time students might find comfort in their alreadyattained grades and give up upon several failed trials.
Themost interesting thing is that if the number of grade A’s cannotexceed the marked 35% then the highest 35% are a taken to have A’swhile the rest share the remaining grades. I think that way thegrades distribution will be a contentious issue.