Return on Instruction

Grade inflation and grade deflation undermine the best of classrooms. Identification of where both are impacting student performance is essential for driving outcomes.

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Grade inflation, deflation, and systemic bias have long-term ramifications on mastery


Grade Inflation

ACE automatically analyzes grade inflation across the district flagging classrooms that routinely have course grades that are higher than level of standards mastery.


Grade Deflation

Deflation occurs when course grades are below a student's level of standards mastery. ACE automatically identifies grade deflation, identifying opportunities to save students.


Systemic Bias

Systemic bias occurs when the assessment process does not accurately reflect mastery for sub-populations of students. ACE flags potential bias for analysis.

Do your grades represent mastery? 

Grades are the primary mode of communicating progress to parents and students. Unfortunately, grades do not always reflect mastery. Discrepancy between grades and mastery create longitudinal issues for schools as students move from course to course.

ACE pinpoints issues between course grades and mastery ensuring parents, students, and educators are all on the same page regarding student progress.

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Grading practices impact student achievement and accountability

Our grading practices impact everything from student confidence to parent expectations.

Whether it's a non-mastery level elementary student progressing each year with straight 'A's, a deflated middle school student receiving 'D's and 'F's despite benchmarking, or a 3.5 GPA high school student missing the college entrance exam cutoff score, grade inflation and grade deflation have long term ramifications for your schools.

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Impact of Inflation and Deflation


False sense of security for students & parents

Grade inflation creates a false sense of security for both students and parents. Receiving As and Bs without mastering standards, sends the wrong message to students and parents. Often times students coast through until they are met with a transparent grader.


Longitudinal drain on student mastery

Inflated students cause longitudinal issues for schools. As students progress, non-mastering A and B students negatively impact high stakes test scores. When students meet transparent graders in upper grade levels, educators are faced with many challenges as they support former A and B students now receiving Cs, Ds, and Fs.


Inaccurate mental models of competency

When a 'mastery' student receives a C, D, or F in a course, the student and parent develop an opinion about his/her competency in a particular subject area. Unfortunately, neither parents nor students understand this fact since they primarily rely on course grades to gauge mastery.


Impacts delivery of personalized learning

Systemic grading bias causes a misalignment between virtually every form of assessment (Dibels, Lexile, high stakes tests, formative and summative tests) schools use to measure student achievement. This misalignment impacts educators' ability to effectively personalize learning.

Our customers say

Corby King
Putnam County Schools

"Before Glimpse, we had no reliable way to connect the dots between resource allocation and student outcomes. Glimpse captures what we use in our district to impact students and evaluates their impact. eROI allows us to efficiently manage our budgets and ensure the components of our instructional plan meet the needs of our students"

Dawn Woodard
Meriwhether County Schools

"Glimpse builds capacity in our teachers and leaders as well as provide the means to monitor the effectiveness of our programs to determine the Return on Investment (ROI) both instructional and financially."

Corey Uselton
Desoto County Schools

"Glimpse K12 helps us see at a macro and micro level which academic investments are having the biggest impact on learning, so we can do more of what works and less of what doesn’t."

Susan Patterson
Cullman City Schools

"Until Glimpse, our district had no idea the amount of ineffective spending and the detrimental impact it was having on student achievement.The  education return on investment process is ongoing and we feel it will streamline our products and consequently our focus, to support our classrooms more efficiently and effectively. 

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