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7 On Your Side: Faking the grade; a look at past school grade-fixing investigations

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The case of alleged grade fixing at Ballou High School in D.C. is not the first of its kind.

Ballou High School records show 26 students graduated with more than 100 unexcused absences in the 2016-2017 school year. The highest number of unexcused absences leading to a graduation was 151 days.

There have been other examples of this type of practice at other cities and school districts in the United States.

In Atlanta, an investigation exposed one of the biggest cases of academic misconduct in the U.S. 180 teachers and administrators were implicated in 44 schools that changed grades and answers on test.

Thirty-five people were indicted, 11 were found guilty of racketeering with eight people going to prison.

In 2013, a superintendent in El Paso, Texas became the first to be convicted of manipulating test scores for financial gain. He received 3 1/2 years in prison. Five other administrators in that school district were arrested for manipulating student data and were charged with fraud.

Seven On Your Side's Lisa Fletcher has more on this story in the above video.

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