Grade inflation is forcing college admissions officers to rely more heavily on test scores to tell all the “A” students apart, reports AP. A few colleges no longer require SAT or ACT scores, but none of the most selective colleges have stopped using the tests.
In fact, a national survey shows overall reliance on test scores is higher in admissions than it was a decade ago.
“It’s the only thing we have to evaluate students that will help us” tell how they compare to each other, said Lee Stetson, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania.
. . . The average high school GPA increased from 2.68 to 2.94 between 1990 and 2000, according to a federal study. Almost 23 percent of college freshmen in 2005 reported their average grade in high school was an A or better, according to a national survey by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute. In 1975, the percentage was about half that.
GPAs reported by students on surveys when they take the SAT and ACT exams have also risen ï¿½ and faster than their scores on those tests. That suggests their classroom grades aren’t rising just because students are getting smarter. Not surprisingly, the test-owners say grade inflation shows why testing should be kept: It gives all students an equal chance to shine.
In urban districts, A and B students may not be prepared for college.
More than 70 percent of schools and districts analyzed by an education audit company called SchoolMatch had average GPAs significantly higher than they should have been based on their standardized test scores ï¿½ including the school systems in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, San Bernardino, Calif., and Columbus, Ohio.
When Georgia offered in-state college scholarships to students with a B average in high school, teachers started giving higher grades to qualify their students. But half the scholarship receipients lost aid because they were unable to maintain a B average in college.