GPA’s Are Rising, SAT Scores Remain Flat

New research shows that 47 percent of high school seniors graduated last year with an “A” average — up from about 39 percent in 1998. But average SAT scores fell 24 points in that same period.

The authors of the study — Michael Hurwitz of The College Board and Jason Lee of the University of Georgia — said the trend signals grade inflation over the past two decades.

Hurwitz told CBS News one of the goals of The College Board’s research team is to highlight trends within education, and to equip college admissions professionals “with the best information” available.

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