In this video of Hillary Clinton, at 15s, the child said "I have straight A's.".

What does "straight A's" mean?


In the U.S., examinations are traditionally graded by letter of the alphabet, commonly A-F, with A being the highest pass grade.

A 'Straight A' student is one that has achieved an A Grade across all subjects taken

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    Grades A-F is typical in many English speaking countries. Not so much in the rest of thew world. We usually grade by number (0-10), 10 being a perfect score and 0 complete failure.
    – Tonny
    Jul 9 '15 at 8:57
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    Also, the letter E is normally skipped, so it's really A-D,F.
    – cjm
    Jul 9 '15 at 15:43
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    @cjm E is not normally skipped in the UK, FYI. Schools currently grade 16-year-olds on a scale thus: A* A B C D E F G (A*) being the best. The system is changing in2017 to a 1 to 9 scale with, bizarrely, 9 being best. The reason for this seems to be that, as standards drop, the govt can add a grade 10, 11, 12 etc. as needed, rather than adding more stars. Anyway, at the moment it is sometimes said that a UK student is "a straight A-star student". 18-year-olds are still to be graded from A* down to E.
    – Nagora
    Jul 9 '15 at 16:15
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    @DoubleDouble In the early grades in the U.S. (at least when and where I went to school,) 'E' actually did stand for 'Excellent.' It was basically the early-grade (i.e. K-2) equivalent of an 'A.' As for the normal U.S. grading scheme, it's not so much that 'E' is skipped, but rather than the grades are A-D or failing, with failing abbreviated as 'F.'
    – reirab
    Jul 9 '15 at 18:10
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    You are still a "straight A" student if you have grades like an A–. Apr 21 '17 at 18:12

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