Monday, June 2, 2008

Grade Inflation in Europe

Is it a myth that Europe has "the best-educated young people"? According to a recent study, inflation of grades is masquarading the fact that educationals standards are falling in Ireland and elsewhere:
The numbers of Leaving Certificate students gaining A and B grades have nearly doubled since 1991. Yet the most recent OECD/PISA study across Europe has found that there has been no detectable improvement in mathematics, English, or science among Irish 15-year-olds between 2000 and 2006. It's called "grade inflation" and is about to be condemned in a study by the Network for Educational Standards.


Martin Ryan said...

There are many reasons why grade inflation may not be happening in Ireland. These include better technology, evolved institutions and more intense competition between students.

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