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When I received a grade of E it meant excellent also. I received many
of them, I am from LI, NY.
I never heard of E being a failing grade.

Prof L





> Ed,
>
> What a great thread to begin the new year!
>
> When I was in grade and highschool in Pittsburgh, PA, our grades were A
> B C D E, and E was the failing grade.  Imagine my surprise when I met
> someone from another part of the country who was proud to have received
> an E!  Of course, in that person's school district, E stood for
> Excellent.
>
> When I went to college at Carnegie-Mellon University (well, when I
> started it was Carnegie Institute of Technology), the grades were A B C
> D R!  R was the failing grade and meant Repeat.  To make matters even
> stranger, you could also receive a grade of X which meant conditional
> failure.  Of *course* I never received an X, but I think a conditional
> failure was something like an incomplete.  If you didn't hand in
> required work, you'd fail.  But, you could also get an I for incomplete,
> so your guess is as good as mine.
>
> In today's vernacular, I think we should give the grade of S for
> failure.  The S, of course stands for "sucks."  Forgive me!
>
> Lonna Smith
>
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