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 Lakeside's Message: I'm not for all zeros being 50s, but I am for dropping a zero if it's an anomaly. Look at these two sets of grades: 100..............85 95................79 0..................80 99................72 96................89 100..............88 Both of these sets produce an average of 82, but they represent very different students. The student on the right is a B student. The student on the left is an A student, who had one bad night and didn't do a homework assignment. (Maybe their hamster died, maybe their little sister broke her arm and they spent the night in the ER, maybe...whatever.) A zero drops the student a whole letter grade, which represents an inaccurate picture of this student's ability. (A 50 would drop the average, but only to a 90.)

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