Definitions for grade inflation
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the awarding of higher grades than students deserve either to maintain a school's academic reputation or as a result of diminished teacher expectations.
Category: Education, Status (usage)
Origin of grade inflation:
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.
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