Grade inflation sending the wrong message

David N. Figlio*, Maurice E. Lucas

*Corresponding author for this work

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The authors analyze the data on the effects of grade inflation in elementary schools. The results indicate that students benefit academically from high grading standards. This is particularly the case for low-achieving students when they are in classrooms with relatively high overall achievement. Grade inflation appears to endanger the drive for higher standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number462
StatePublished - May 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Political Science and International Relations


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