Grade inflation  

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Grade inflation is used in two senses:

  1. Grading leniency: the awarding of higher grades than students deserve, which yields a higher average grade given to students
  2. The tendency to award progressively higher academic grades for work that would have received lower grades in the past.

This article is about grade inflation in the first sense. Higher grades in themselves do not prove grade inflation and many believe there is no such problem. It is also necessary to demonstrate that the grades are not deserved.

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