We provide tutoring and test prep to students throughout Connecticut. But given my specific practice, I have deep knowledge about Shoreline, Connecticut schools.
If your child attends one of the stronger schools in the area – Guilford High School, Daniel Hand High School, Old Saybrook High School, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Valley Regional High School (Essex, Deep River, Chester), and East Lyme High School among others, then I have some good news and some bad news. I’ll lead with the latter because I want to end on a high note.
Grade inflation has created a plethora of students that have an average above 90, on the 1-100 scale, or if letter grades are given, somewhere in the A- range or if on a 4.0 school, somewhere above 3.5. Why is this a problem? Take a look at US News & World Report. Colleges are graded upon the strength of their student body. Class RANK – along with SAT scores – is the critical determinant. And many schools do not tell their students their class rank until too late. I was recently working with a student who had a 91 average. The parents assumed he was in the top 25% of this class (that number is important for college admission). He wasn’t. He was somewhere around the 40%. His parents – expecting that he had a shot at Boston College, Northeastern, Boston University and other large New England colleges -had to be told that unless his SATs were off the chart that he faced long odds at admission.
I started noticing grade inflation years ago. Some of the students I worked with had 95 averages but seemed like they would be B to B plus students. That’s bad news for college admission since having a 90 average is no longer special. Indeed, it is below average for competitive colleges.
The good news: in most cases, students who get the “real As” do very well on comparative tests. Hard to believe – I know – but the SATs and ACTs end up being more fair than grades in such cases.