Same where I live. I try my best and still get in the mid-to-low 80's (except in math, I got 91% somehow, and I don't know what letter-grade that equals). It seems like places in America are hand-fed their education easily. My English teacher marks like a b1tch. He' actually says so himself. Then again, it varies with teachers.
My classes essays mininum= 4 to 5 pages, not double typed
My twin brothers essays (same level, diff teacher)= 2-3 pages, DOUBLE SPACED
My essays are 5 pages. My brothers are 1-1.5
And his teacher marks very easily.