That’s right: The lowest grade you can get in a NYC high school is a 55. Why? Because it would make it “extremely unlikely that a student can recover if the semester gets off to a difficult start.”
“It is common practice in high schools to establish 55 as the lowest grade awarded to students,” superintendent Juan Mendez wrote in an email to a teacher complaining about the policy. . . . education officials told The News that the practice is routine at other schools . . . “This is not an issue of grade inflation,” said schools spokeswoman Erin Hughes. “Schools do not typically use the full 0-100 scale for the reason that doing so makes it extremely unlikely that a student can recover if the semester gets off to a difficult start.”
Just another example of Bloomberg cooking the books at the Department of Education.