A retired teacher said administrators changed a student's report card data after she refused to do so. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Huntsville school leaders offered an official response to allegations of grade changing Monday.
We sat down with a retired teacher Friday, who said she was ordered to change a student's grades. When she refused, she claims the grades were altered by administration. She provided a report card as proof.
The retired teacher, who asked us to conceal her identity, said that the first grader, whose name will not be released, went on to second grade, and not by their own merit.
The student's first quarter average in reading is listed as 46 on one of them, but shows up differently on the next report card.
Monday, Huntsville City Schools spokesperson Keith Ward said that at the time, there was indeed a directive in which no child was to score less than 50 percent. However, Ward said, the school system no longer follows this policy, which only applied to elementary school students. The directive was dropped in the 2012-2013 school year.
"I think it's doing a child a disservice if we don't do everything we can to make sure that they do advance," said Ward.
Ward said this policy was a way for a child to recover from a small pitfall. He said that the new grading system is no longer based on letter grades but on proof of performance.