State Reveals Findings in MPS Grade Changing Investigation


By Ashley Thompson

There are new details in the grade changing allegations in Montgomery public schools. The state has found additional individuals involved in grade changing in their extended investigation.

Superintendent Barbara Thompson is calling the findings disappointing.

When allegations of grade changing came to light last year, two separate agencies investigated the matter. Montgomery County Public Schools hired an FBI agent to investigate, and the state Department of Education also investigated the allegations.

Initially, both investigations found the same thing - misuse of the grading system by a small number of employees.

But the state decided to expand its investigation, and now, they've found additional staff members were involved in grade changing at three Montgomery Public High Schools - Jeff Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Sydney Lanier.

Staff members who were involved are expected to be notified in two to three weeks, and may face administrative action.

Thompson says teachers and administrators now have an anonymous web-based and phone system to report suspected cheating.




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