BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -

The Broward County School District is proposing eliminating the grade of zero and making 50 the lowest score a student could earn as a way to motivate failing students.

The Sun-Sentinel reports district officials say the change would boost graduation rates, prevent teachers from using zeroes as punishment and reduce drop out rates.

The district's dropout rate increased from 1.6 percent in 2010-11 to 2 percent in 2011-12.

If a student does not turn in an assignment, the lowest grade they would get is a 50.

The School Board will discuss the proposed change during a May 14 workshop before taking a vote.