TITLE

USING EXTERNALLY DEVELOPED STANDARDIZED TESTS TO CONTROL GRADE INFLATION

AUTHOR(S)
Jungki Lee; Anantharaman, Sekhar
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Review of Business Research;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p79
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The current educational environment is strife with grade inflation and this perceived problem has increased to such an extent that some universities are now trying to adopt various measures to fight it. One such measure is the use of externally developed, standardized achievement tests. This study provides information regarding one such professionally developed, standardized test, and the merits of using it at a higher education institution, with emphasis on its potential for reducing grade inflation. Two hypotheses are tested in this study and the findings indicate that the adoption of such a test motivates individual faculty members to review and modify their grading practices, to become fair or more objective when grading, and therefore, possibly regain their sense of duty and pride as the gatekeepers of academia. The study also found the importance of continuous monitoring of the grade distribution at the administrative level. Without additional actions, the use of a professionally developed, standardized test by itself is not a permanent fix for grade inflation.
ACCESSION #
35601370

 

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