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Trends suggest GPAs are inflated

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USA Today front page, "High school grades have risen, but SAT scores don't follow," by Greg Toppo:

  • High school seniors graduating with an A average ... In 1998: 38.9%. Last year: 47%.
  • "That's right: Nearly half of America's Class of 2016 are A students."
  • "Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale."
  • "In colleges nationwide, the most popular grade is now an A, according to Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke University scholar and founder of the website GradeInflation.com."
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