National Assessment Of Educational Progress Essay

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According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2009 High School Transcript Study; student scores are on the rise, the average high school student in 2009 graduated with a GPA of 3.0, while in 1990 the average was 2.68 (13). As students’ scores continue to rise; we must ask, are we evolving into beings with a higher intelligence or have students found a way to receive the highest score through grade inflation? If students are not in fact finding a way to receive the highest score and are presenting such high achieving work; then they must be truly learning in schools, or are they?
This rise in grades, known as grade inflation, affects those in all levels of education. Those graduating from secondary level of education and entering post-secondary are given a false sense of the knowledge they gained through schooling and struggle in the new environment. Those graduating from the post-secondary level and proceeding into careers believe they are prepared to forge forward with their lives, but find themselves without the knowledge to carry out their work. Thus, most students in areas where grade inflation is present are learning less about the subject matter presented to them in the classroom, but earning scores that lead to the belief that a higher level of learning is occurring in these classrooms.
As a high school student, I was in the “advanced” level and was placed in the more rigorous courses, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and College in High School…

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