Currently, 47% of high school graduates have an “A” average. In 1998, that figure was 38.9%. Since 1998, the SAT average has dropped from 1026 to 1002 (scale of 1600 points). Brilliant students who can’t take a test? Grade inflation? Teachers trying to be nice to get the young ‘guns into college? Or, should we mention that cheating in high school has been steadily increasing as well.
When all is said and done, for whatever reason, we reach a point where we can’t trust the measurements. The measurements mean nothing. As USA Today noted in covering these trends, “A’s” may be fool’s gold.