Alberta to probe grade inflation at private schools

April 20, 2012

The Alberta government is promising to investigate possible grade inflation at private schools after a Calgary Herald analysis found large discrepancies between the marks given by teachers and student scores on standardized provincial tests. The analysis of results in 3 Grade 12 subjects found private schools where student performance on the standardized tests declined by more than 4 times the Alberta average. "If there are discrepancies, I would want to know about them and have them looked into," says Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. "At the end of the day, I want to make sure all children earn that high school diploma." Alberta is one of only a few provinces in which students must write standardized tests in Grade 12, with diploma exams counting for 50% of a student's final grade. While the minister says he is committed to initiating a review into grade inflation, the public also has a responsibility to be on the lookout for problems. "In a private school setting, it’s expected that parents would play an active role in monitoring as well." Calgary Herald