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grade inflation

noun, Education.
the awarding of higher grades than students deserve either to maintain a school's academic reputation or as a result of diminished teacher expectations.
a rise in the average grade given to students.
Origin of grade inflation
First recorded in 1980-85 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for grade inflation

grade inflation

an apparently continual increase in numbers of students attaining high examination grades, or the practice of awarding grades in this way
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Contemporary definitions for grade inflation

the practice of giving higher grades than deserved to make up for lowered educational expectations and standards, esp. to uphold a school's reputation


Grade inflation is perceived by some to be problematic for schools because it is seen as a dilution of standards.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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