The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recently released results from the NAEP 2005 high school transcript study.
The report contains this graph, which shows the increase in grade point average by subject for high school seniors.
It’s interesting to compare that trend to the math scores for 17-year old students from the NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessment. Here is a graph of those scores which I assembled using the NAEP Data Explorer:
Can you say, “grade inflation?”
Our schools are grading more easily, which makes them look good, but our kids are hitting college and getting the rude shock that they don’t know enough math and need to take remedial courses despite their misleadingly high GPAs from high school.