APS To Start New Grade-Changing Regulations After Investigation

The former principal at South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice was let go after officials said she changed hundreds of students' grades inappropriately. Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

The former principal at South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice was let go after officials said she changed hundreds of students’ grades inappropriately.
Credit: Brenna Beech / WABE

NOTE: This story was originally produced by Martha Dalton for contributing station WABE earlier today.

Atlanta Public Schools said it will strengthen its rules on changing students’ grades. This comes after a districtwide investigation, which was triggered when APS officials found administrators at some high schools inappropriately changing students’ failing grades to passing ones.

The district issued a report, which says the investigation didn’t uncover any additional instances of “serious” grade-changing.

According to APS, the central office didn’t monitor grading practices or grade changes before. Under the new regulations, administrators have to complete several steps before a grade can be changed. For one, school registrars will need to make an official request for a grade change. The request has to be approved by the principal and associate superintendent.  If the grade change is approved, students’ parents will be notified.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a statement the new regulations will go into effect on the first day of the 2015-16 school year.

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