SchoolMatch Advisory Board Chairman M. Donald Thomas
, former education adviser to the governors of three states and superintendent emeritus of the Salt Lake City Schools
, points out that while one would expect high grades to indicate high achievement , the reverse is found in most high schools.
Grade inflation is particularly extensive in high schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged students , '' Thomas
told a national audience of school administrators.This indicates clearly that expectations for students are very low , and standards do not match those of testing agencies.''.He
is concerned that students in such environments receive inferior instruction and get good grades for mediocre work.
High schools in large cities and poor rural areas have the worst grade-inflation problem.While scores on nationally normed tests may be in the average range , grade- point averages tend to be about a B+ in many schools serving students from disadvantaged homes.If the grade-point average were to mirror the results on test scores , these schools should have a GPA of about 2.0 , or C average.
While grade inflation may make teaching and pacifying parents and administrators easier , it provides a low-quality education.Insisting on more accurate grades requires intensive evaluation of student work and a greater variety of learning experiences.