• Grade-changing investigation at SCS schools ends due to lack of documentation

    By: Alexa Lorenzo

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    A lack of evidence ended the investigation into a scandal involving student grades at Shelby County Schools.

    The 10-month investigation had been triggered by the discovery of more than 1,000 improper grade changes at Trezevant High School. 

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    But the investigation ended suddenly due to, among other things, the absence of “98 percent of needed documentation” after years of inconsistent policies, according to the AP.  

    Previously, SCS said the schools in question were the following: Kirby High, Raleigh-Egypt High, Bolton High, Westwood High, White Station High, Trezevant High, and Memphis Virtual School.

    And the school district has yet to receive the names of schools investigated for the grade-changing audit. 


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    FOX13 discovered how schools were chosen for the audit. The company hired to investigate the district formed a control group of schools to create a random sample. 

    The intention was to be able to analyze all of SCS. 

    Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said for the past two years, Shelby County Schools has worked under a cloud of doubt. 

    But now, SCS is looking to the future to avoid situations like these from happening. 

    “The district is taking this situation which was initially not the best for the whole district, everyone would agree with that," said school board member Michelle Robinson McKissick. "At this point, all we’re doing is we’re moving forward.” 

    The Dixon Hughes Goodman accounting firm used a random sampling method.  

    “The schools that have been used, or whatever they selected was a control group,” McKissick said. “That didn’t necessarily mean those schools were involved in any grade mismanagement.” 

    The firm chose 11 schools from across the district, and then narrowed that number down to 9. So, FOX13 questioned if the schools that were first under fire may have not been investigated. 

    “I truly cannot speak to that because Dixon Hughes, which has been looking into investigating the grading which SCS has hired them to do,” McKissick said. “They have not released that information to anyone within SCS.”

    With the investigation being over after documents for 98 percent of those grades are unaccounted for, the district is instituting a new policy. 

    “As a result of this, SCS is moving all of the grading files to a digital format and they’re hiring people for oversight,” McKissick said.

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