High Schools Are Giving Easier As, and It's Having Real-World Effects

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According to new reports, more American high school students than ever before are earning As, but unfortunately that does not mean that they are learning more or are getting more prepared for the working world.

At present, 47% of American high schoolers are A students, but the average SAT score has simultaneously fallen from a 1,062 to 1,002 (on a 1,600-point scale). The speculation, as USA Today says, is that the As being given out might be, "fool's gold."

The thought is that a lot of these doled out As are to help high schoolers get into college, the problem of course is that when the students reach college they are ill-equipped for the level of coursework required.

Furthermore, when the numbers corresponding with grade inflation were analyzed, students in wealthier, white, private schools were the ones who were benefitting most.

All of this then has ripple effects throughout a student's adult life. Unearned As might land students in a college above their abilities, which could subsequently lead to a drop out which will then make finding employment harder.

The truth of the matter is that reversing the trend of grade inflation might be better for students, for educational institutions, and ultimately for places of employment.

As one of the researchers wrote in the study, "Achieving a B average at a high school without grade inflation, might prove a more impressive feat than earning all A grades at a comparable high school with rampant grade inflation."