recently, our school board has changed the grading policy such that no student can receive lower than a 50 on his/her grade card or even on the mid-grading period report. No reason was given for this change, we where just informed about it via an email. One of my colleagues remarked that his niece did her student teaching in a district where the lowest grade a teacher was allowed to "give" a student was a 70. (I hate the expression "giving grades" btw.) Is this possible??? Or was there a possible misunderstanding between the uncle and niece or perhaps between the niece and the school where she did her student teaching? thanks for any clarification.