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grade inflation

noun, Education
1.
the awarding of higher grades than students deserve either to maintain a school's academic reputation or as a result of diminished teacher expectations.
2.
a rise in the average grade given to students.
Origin of grade inflation
1980-1985
1980-85
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British Dictionary definitions for grade inflation

grade inflation

noun
1.
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
noun

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

Examples

Grade inflation is perceived by some to be problematic for schools because it is seen as a dilution of standards.

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