How 11th and 12th-Grade Teachers Perceive a Solution to Grade Inflation and Social Promotion

This survey is for the purpose of exploring how 11th and 12th-grade teachers perceive a solution and how the practices may affect students during their freshman year of college.

***Please note the following definitions as you answer the following questions***

Grade inflation is defined as the practice of pushing a student’s GPA past their actual demonstrated academic ability by offering overly simplified testing, such as the overuse of multiple-choice assessments or offering things such as extra assignments and extra credit (Tarun & Krueger, 2016).

Social promotion is defined as the practice of promoting a student regardless of their demonstrated ability to perform under their current academic standards (Lynch, 2013, 2014, 2017).

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* 1. Thank you for your consideration of participation in my study of How 11th and 12th-grade Teachers Perceive Possible Solutions to Grade Inflation and Social Promotion. This study will benefit both K12 educators, students, and colleges/universities. The hopeful outcome for this study are that K12 educators would experience a safer work environment as well as feel better equipped to serve students without having to resort to grade inflation and social promotion, students would feel better prepared for the postsecondary realm, and colleges/universities would see a notable increase in retention rates.

Informed Consent for the SurveyMonkey® Digital Survey: I agree to participate in the dissertation research study of How 11th and 12th-grade Teachers Perceive Possible Solutions to Grade Inflation and Social Promotion being conducted by Melissa Rhodes (mrhodes.dissertation@gmail.com), under the guidance of her Doctoral Chair Dr. Jillian Skelton (jillianskelton@gmail.com) by answering the following questions exploring the existence/practice of grade inflation and social promotion in the K12 realm presented on this SurveyMonkey® form. I understand that my participation is completely voluntary and that if at any time I feel uncomfortable regarding a question I may type "opt-out" as my response to that question on the survey. I understand that I may withdraw my consent in writing at any time before the finalization of the data collection and inclusion in the dissertation and that refusal to participate will not lead to any loss of benefits for me. I also understand that the researcher will assign me a number and not refer to me by name to protect my anonymity so I may freely and candidly answer the questions without fear of repercussions. I acknowledge that no other person or institution will be present during the collection of my answers nor given a copy of my answers from the SurveyMonkey®. Finally, I understand that this research has been reviewed and approved by the International Review Board (IRB@CUChicago.edu) because this dissertation study, done by Melissa Rhodes in pursuit of her Doctorate from Concordia University Chicago, involves human participation. I understand that the interview will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The answers on the interview will involve open-ended and may ask me to provide more detail to my answers. I understand that this process may cause me some fatigue and mild anxiety and apprehension due to the nature of the questions being based on my classroom experience and possible use of grade inflation and social promotion. I also understand that Melissa Rhodes will not share any information about me nor my image with anyone outside of her study which includes my colleagues and administrators. I have read and understand this informed consent agreement and by typing my full name in the below response section of this question I hereby give Melissa Rhodes my full consent to include my answers in her research.

CUC IRB Study Number: [1792828-1]

CUC IRB Approval: Approved 09/07/2021

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* 2. Informed Consent for a Zoom Interview: In addition to the above consent, I volunteer to participate in the dissertation research study, How 11th and 12th-grade Teachers Perceive Solutions to Grade Inflation and Social Promotion, being conducted by Melissa Rhodes (mrhodes.dissertation@gmail.com) by answering questions in a Zoom Interview further exploring solutions and effects the existence/practice of grade inflation and social promotion may have on students in their first year of college. If at any time I feel uncomfortable regarding a question I may skip (opt-out) of that question during the interview by stating, "I would like/wish to opt-out of this question." I understand that even after the interview is conducted that I may withdraw my consent in writing at any time before the finalization of the data collection and transcription for the dissertation. I also understand that the researcher will assign me a number and not refer to me by name to protect my anonymity so I may freely and candidly answer the questions without fear of repercussions. I understand that Melissa Rhodes has taken steps to bypass a transcriptionist by having Zoom auto-transcribe the interview so that no one other than her and myself has access to the interview outside what is included in the written dissertation. I also understand that my likeness will not be used nor publicized in any way. I am aware that I must conduct the interview with my camera on so that the trustworthiness of the study is maintained but that in no way will it be shown to anyone outside of Melissa Rhodes and myself. I acknowledge that no other person or institution will be present during the interview nor will they be given a copy of the transcription of my answers from the Zoom. Finally, I understand that this research has been reviewed and approved by the International Review Board (IRB@CUChicago.edu) because this dissertation study, done by Melissa Rhodes in pursuit of her Doctorate from Concordia University Chicago, involves human participation. I have read and understand this informed consent agreement and by typing my full name in the above consent and my email address in the comment space provided under this question I hereby give Melissa Rhodes my full consent to include my answers in her research. This consent along with my response will be read to me at the beginning of the interview so as to gain my verbal consent to participate in the Zoom interview.

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