Grade Inflation [Education] Law and Legal Definition

A gradual upward trend in grades awarded to students is grade inflation. In grade inflation, higher grades are awarded to students than they deserve. Grades are awarded without any increase in standard. Grade inflation is an evidence of decline in academic standards. The phenomena arises when institutions try to maintain academic reputation or it may rise as a result of diminished teacher expectations.

Usually, rising grades represents improved standards in relation to the past. Modern studies reveal that the pressure to inflate grades can come from not only from teachers, but from parents, students, schools and politicians. Grade inflation makes it difficult to identify truly exceptional students. Grade inflation is not uniform between schools or among disciplines.