Zero now equals zero

March 3, 2009 6:09:09 AM PST
Pittsburgh Public Schools students will now receive zero percent on assignments they don't do instead of the former minimum failing score of 50 percent.

School officials are making the change because critics say some students skipped assignments content that they'd still receive a 50 percent score.

Pittsburgh students get an "A" for 90 percent or above, a "B" for 80 percent to 89 percent, and so on. They get a failing grade of "E" for work from 59 percent to 50 percent.

The administrators say giving a failing grade for scores from zero to 59 percent gives the failing grade too much weight. As such, students who make an honest effort but fail - even if they get everything wrong - will still receive the 50 percent minimum score.

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