Massive inflation in student grades worries industry body – The Post

Massive inflation in student grades worries industry body

Over the last few years, more and more Danish upper-secondary school students have been graduating with a grade score of 12 in their final exams

Statistically, at least one of these three will get a grade score of 12 (photo: Knord-kommunikation)
June 22nd, 2018 10:22 am| by Stephen Gadd
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Are students cleverer than ever or are the examiners just more generous when it comes to giving final grades?

As upper-secondary school students take their final exams over the next few weeks, this vexed question has been raised once again.

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The confederation of Danish industry, Dansk Industri, is certainly worried about what they perceive as being an unfortunate trend, reports Politiken.

“This is exactly what we feared. There has been a massive inflation in grades,” said Mette Fjord Sørensen, the head of higher education at DI.

“Not only are there too many upper-secondary school students being given a grade score of 12 but there is also a trend where more students get top grades each year,” she added.

Hard to spot the real high flyers
The organisation is concerned that this makes it almost impossible for employers to spot the brightest students if everyone gets a grade 12.

The grading system was overhauled in 2006-2007 and goals set for the expected distribution of the new grades. At that time, it was expected that every 10th student would attain a 12.

However, nowadays around 50 percent of the final papers are graded 10 or 12, so companies worry that they can’t rely on the grades reflecting the level that they expect.

What do grades 10 and 12 mean?


Grade 12 is given for an outstanding presentation that shows a comprehensive command of all aspects of a subject, with no or only a few minor deficiencies.

Grade 10 is given for a very good presentation that shows a high level of command of most aspects of a subject with a few minor deficiencies.