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Participation Grades? Almost 50% of High Schoolers Receive A’s, But SAT Scores Dropped

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

When I was young, I remember how hard it was to earn an “A” in school. Back then, that grade meant you were above average and excelling in your work. So it was worth the hard work to receive an “A.”

Now it appears as if those above average grades are being handed out like participation trophies. Almost fifty percent of high schoolers receive A’s now, but SAT scores have dropped dramatically.

What can be concluded of this other than easier grades being given where they are not earned? Then the students do not know the material for the SAT, and they are not prepared for college.

Daily Wire reports:

According to the study conducted by Michael Hurwitz of the College Board and Jason Lee, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, almost half (47%) of high school seniors in 2016 had an A average, a percentage that had risen from 38.9% in 1998.

In that same time span, average SAT scores fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale.

All of that information suggests that there is widespread grade inflation being practiced across the country. And here’s another interesting tidbit that might lead you to wonder if standards are being lowered: a record number of students graduated from high school last year. The average high school graduation rate now tops 83%, according to federal statistics.

Then USA Today notes:

A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that just 56% of college students complete a four-year degree within six years of entering college. For students who start at two-year colleges, it’s even worse: Just 29% earn a degree within three years. Examining the academic transcripts of high school graduates in the 18-year period from 1998 to 2016, they found that the average grade point average (GPA) rose from 3.27 to 3.38, even as the average SAT score dropped.

Perhaps this is why there’s so much whining in college now. They were not properly prepared for college and instead of realizing that, they feel as if someone is out to get them.

According to USA TODAY , a former Duke University scholar and GradeInflation.com founder Stuart Rojstaczer explained that the reason good grades are more common today could be because of grade inflation. This way professors could make sure students were able to remain in school rather than being drafted during the Vietnam War.

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including Keepandbear.com. While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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