I've seen differences b/w private & public school, or at least over the years. When I was in school (private), I think "high honors" meant more. Grading was this way for me: 93-100 = A, 86-92 = B, etc. Now, in public schools (all of them? don't know), it's 90-100 = A, and 80-89 = B. An A means a lot more when it's 93+, and I think honor rolls need to be pretty restrictive or else they're meaningless (as the OPs have hinted). IMO, with no intent to offend anyone on this thread , if you can't get at least 86% of something right, you need to make a C--I'll never buy into the idea that an 85 is a solid B; maybe it's my early programming .
(BTW, jjsooner73, I think it's wonderful that your Down Syndrome student made honor roll. That's different. )
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