High school study: Classes harder, GPAs stable, science missing
More high school graduates are completing tougher courses and grade inflation is slowing down, say results released today from a NAEP study of high school transcripts.
The percentage of graduates completing a rigorous curriculum moved from 10 to 13 percent between 2005 and 2009, while the percentage completing a mid-level curriculum moved from 41 to 46 percent over the same period, the study found. Overall GPAs, which climbed rapidly during the 1990s, inched up from 2.98 to 3.00.
The study also found room for improvement in science requirements:
"More than any other single subject, science was the key to reaching a higher curriculum level. Science was the requirement most often missing for students who completed less than a standard curriculum: Overall, 39 percent of these students lacked only the required three credits of science. In 2009, more than half of Black graduates - 52 percent - and 50 percent of Hispanic graduates who did not complete a standard curriculum were missing only the science requirements needed to obtain a standard curriculum."
Kati Haycock at Education Trust riffs on the study here.