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January 4, 2013

Widespread grade-changing results in monitoring at Montgomery schools

MONTGOMERY — In the wake of a probe into allegations of improper grade changing, Montgomery Public Schools has increased oversight of its grading and credit recovery system.

The Montgomery Advertiser Thursday reported the Alabama State Department of Education required the city's school district to more closely monitor the grading and credit recovery system to ensure employees are following established guidelines.

The newspaper first reported widespread grade-changing in the district. Investigations by state and district officials found grades were changed for more than 200 students at three high schools to make the schools' performance records look better. Seven unidentified employees were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

District officials say information technology staffers will help monitor the grading system, and the district plans to regularly offer professional development courses.

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