Recently, Kazakhstan has become the new low for backwardness, with news articles saying that Australia's education system or internet speed is worse than Kazakstan's.
The idiom, to hit a new low, is extremely derogatory, it suggests that someone or something has broken the record for appallingness.
For example, we thought Bob's racism was shameful in the past but today he hit a new low.
6. countable noun [usually singular]
If something reaches a low of a particular amount or degree, that is the smallest it has ever been.
@professor_feather in the comments below suggested another expression, which I think is highly appropriate, the low bar.
set a low bar
To establish an expected, required, or desired (but ultimately constrictive) standard of quality
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms
Here's a very recent example of usage
"Frankly, at this point, the bar is so low that if he doesn't swear or doesn't malign a minority group, that's considered a huge success," Malmgren told CNBC.
(Source: CNBC 2 Feb, 2018)
If one searches the Google news database, practically all the references to lead standard refer to the level of lead present in the water system, fuel, air, soil, paint, and even electronic devices.
The lead standard needs updating, and the EPA knows that. In the future, we probably will see a higher standard."
Snyder calls the current federal lead standard "dumb and dangerous." He says he doesn't want Michigan to wait until the federal rule is reviewed, which is not scheduled to happen until next year.
28 Louisiana water systems would not meet proposed lead standard
In 2008, the lead standard, or acceptable about of lead particulate in the air, changed from 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter - a 90 percent reduction.