Grade inflation clouds achievement issue

Eric Stevick’s May 30 article on the gender gap in the schools should also have mentioned grade inflation. (“Why more girls get the grades while boys struggle in our schools.”)

In the larger high schools (Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Mukilteo, Snohomish and Stanwood) 50 percent or more of the girls had 3.0 to 4 averages. The “B” grade of today is the “C” grade of the 1970s. If your daughter has a 2.99 average, she is in the bottom half of the class. Darrington appears to be the only school that has held to the old academic standards.

Lew Winje

Marysville