grade-inflation

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:
1980–85

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grade inflation
 
n
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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