Policy Documents

Grade Inflation for Education Majors and Low Standards for Teachers

Cory Koedel –
August 8, 2011

Students who take education classes at universities receive significantly higher grades than students who take classes in every other academic discipline, documents Cory Koedel in an American Enterprise Institute study. The only reasonable explanation from this and other data is that education classes’ higher grades result from low grading standards. This likely will negatively affect prospective teachers’ accumulation of skills during university training. More generally, they contribute to a larger culture of low standards for educators, which follow teachers into classrooms.