A question of standards

“One of my more recent posts – on the issue of grade inflation at universities – prompted quite a lively discussion. The argument, if I can call it that, was about whether a trend of higher grades implied a lowering of standards. My own view was that there was no such necessary implication, and that at least some of the evidence pointed the other way; others disagreed. Without wanting to continue that particular discussion in a new post, I do however want to raise an important issue: if we say that standards have either gone up or down, how can we tell? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 March]

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