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Faking the Grade: DCPS grade fixing audit released; Dunbar principal placed on leave

Dunbar High School. (Photo: D.C. Public Schools)

The final audit involving alleged grade fixing at D.C. Public Schools was released Monday.

And the principal of Dunbar High School has been placed on leave, according to DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke at an event Monday after reviewing findings from the final audit.

The mayor was joined by Chancellor Wilson and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang in the Wilson Building in Northwest, where they briefed the public at 3 p.m.

The review comes after staff at Ballou High School came under fire for allegedly changing grades and attendance records. According to a previous outside audit, roughly 113 of 177 Ballou High School graduating seniors last year passed their classes in violation of district policy.

But the audit shows Ballou came in second worst in graduating students who violated attendance policies at 63.3 percent.

Anacostia High School topped the list as worst school for graduating students despite violating the attendance policies at 69.8 percent.

"Today’s final analysis confirms the troubling findings released two weeks ago," said Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the DC Council's Committee on Education. "It further demonstrates that this is a system wide failure on the part of our schools and administration to adhere to the policies and practices put in place to prepare our students for the world beyond twelfth grade.

Grosso said he will "reconvene the public roundtable that began on December 15, 2017 to publicly review the findings of the Chancellor’s internal report on DCPS high schools and OSSE’s independent investigation," as well as the anticipated internal review by D.C. Public Schools.

The DCPS secondary schools chief Dr. Jane Spence was previously placed on administrative leave and former Ballou High School principal Dr. Yetunde Reeves was reappointed following the allegations.

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