Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's wrong with this picture? IQ's fall while grades rise.

As we reported here on Tuesday, a U.K. study found that attorney IQs have fallen over the last twelve years.  Today, Inside Higher Ed is reporting on a study by Stuart Rojstacze, a retired Duke professor, who says that grade inflation is rising and has launched to track the so-called grade bubble. 

Of course, there are skeptics who argue that concern over grade inflation is, well, inflated:

Clifford Adelman, a senior analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and a leading education researcher, has conducted extensive studies of grades and degrees, using national data sets, and he believes that grade inflation is marginal -- and that the issue receives far too much attention.  'If grade inflation is so rampant, how come at least a third of kids who start in four-year colleges don't graduate?' Adelman asked.  'My point is not that there is no grade inflation, rather that inflation in the judgment of human performance is something that cannot be proved.'

Read the full article here

Hat tip Inside Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.


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The first thing wrong with this picture is the apostrophe in "IQ's."

Posted by: Pamela | Mar 13, 2009 6:04:15 AM

Actually, those of us of a certain age learned that the apostrophe is correct in IQ's. This usage has changed in the last half a century.

Posted by: Sue Liemer | Mar 15, 2009 10:55:19 AM

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