- Dec 29, 2008
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I attended a relative’s high school graduation today. Parsing through the program there was a section acknowledging all of the students who graduated with a 4.0 gpa or higher. It took me a while to count them all but I came away with 102 students. Without prompting my wife came to the same number. This is out of a class of 254 students - an even 40% had a 4.0 or better.
The next page contained a list of students achieving “Honors” followed by a list of those achieving “High Honors” subsequently followed by a list of those with “Highest Honors”. When I finally added up all three categories it summed to 254. Everyone graduated with Honors!
This isn’t endemic to just this school. The public high school near me had 33% of their graduates last year achieve a 4.0 gpa or better. My oldest’s high school had 15% last year at 4.0 or better.
Interestingly, over the past twelve years the following article finds that the average grade inflation is 0.2 points higher with most of that increase occurring during the past four years. I think it’s even higher in certain areas of the country like CA where almost all of the major school districts have now eliminated the letter grades D and F. Juxtapose that with the fact that ACT scores over that period have declined by one point. https://leadershipblog.act.org/2022/05/grade-inflation-past-decade.html
Now many colleges across the country (including every public CA university) are going “test optional” where prospective students aren’t required to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications - just grades….
For comparison... I graduated from a rural high school where the grade 8-12 population was ~600 students. My graduating class had 125 members. We had one valedictorian and one salutatorian. Eight students were deemed honor graduates. "Honor graduate" meant completing 4 years of science and four years of math classes with A grades. My high school diploma says honor graduate. In those old days that meant something. In these days, "honor" seems to be a euphemism for "being there". To me, that doesn't appear to be a sign of improvement.