DC officials respond to allegations that Ballou High School faked students' grades

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The D.C. Public Schools Chancellor and Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared at a press conference Wednesday in reaction to reported attendance issues at one of the area's high schools.

7 On Your Side: Students miss most of school year, still graduate from high school

Thousands of pages obtained by the 7 On Your Side I-Team and analyzed this past month show students graduated while attending few classes at DC Public School’s Ballou High School. Students with unexcused absences totaling more than three quarters of the school year still end up graduating, according to public school graduation lists.

The documents, obtained by ABC7 News, contain personal identification info for minor students. ABC7 News is not revealing the exact contents of these documents. They contain the complete attendance and grade records for all enrolled students at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington. ABC7 News reported last year the entire Ballou High graduating class was accepted into college.

There are 181 teaching days in the DC Public School calendar. The Ballou 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.

Despite missing all those classes, internal school records show their teachers would give them passing grades in many classes

The records also appeared to show that at least 10 football players should have been considered ineligible to play under district rules, and have been ineligible through most of the football season.

Previous coverage of this ongoing investigation:

If you suspect that similar activity may be happening at your child's school, contact us at our tip line: or 703-340-3170.

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