I found this info-graphic on grade inflation that agrees with idea that students are better is just bogus. More likely: professors want students to be happy because students ratings of professors hold a lot of weight and probably the best way to get great student reviews is to inflate the students grades.
I know this isn't popular, but I still think class placement in terms of standard deviations about the mean is significantly better statistic then grades. And for those who argue an A should mean you mastered the material: you need to understand that in the real world an A has less to do with demonstrating mastery and has much more to do with the generosity/lack there of of the professor.
Real life example: the second semester of my quantum mechanics I had a professor give us all As. Do you really think all ~40 of us had mastered quantum mechanics?
But standard deviations about the mean doesn't lie and cannot be skewed by a generous professor in order to manipulate the professor ratings given by the students to secure promotions and raises.
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