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.
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Origin of grade inflation
First recorded in 1980–85
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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