Retired teacher claims student's grades altered to passing

Published: Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM CDT
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The former teacher had two report cards from the same year, from the same student. (Source: WAFF)
The former teacher had two report cards from the same year, from the same student. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Allegations of grade-changing and cheating. A former Huntsville City School teacher is making those claims. The retired teacher said at least one of her former student's grades were altered in order for the student to pass.

The former teacher had two report cards from the same year, from the same student. In black and white, what was once a failing grade, was changed to a grade sufficient enough to move on to the next grade. She said the change came from the administration.

"This child would have benefited from another year in first grade," said the former teacher.

The retired teacher, who asked WAFF 48 to conceal her identity, said that first grader, who's name will not be released, went on to 2nd grade, and not by their own merit.

"Changed that to a 50, enabling that child to have a 51," said the former teacher.

The teacher gave WAFF 48 two report cards for one student at University Place Elementary School. One from the third 9 weeks grading period, and one from the fourth. 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. That same first quarter average was changed to a 50, making the yearly grade a passing one, a 51.

"That was done after we got an email from our assistant principal," said the former teacher.

The retired teacher said she and other teachers were told quote, "No grades should be lower than 50."

"I refused to change the child's grade," said the former teacher. "Someone else decided they would go ahead and change it."

She said she doesn't know who, but said it would have to be someone within the school's administration. With a quarter of a century in the school system under her belt, the teacher said the altered grade will alter the child's learning for the rest of their life.

"You cannot change test scores, you cannot change report card grades, you need to meet the child where they are. Especially in the lower grades," said the former teacher.

WAFF 48 reached out to the school district more than 24 hours before the story went to air for a response to these allegations and an explanation. WAFF 48 was told the superintendent was out of town and the director of testing was not available for comment.

WAFF 48 also called the number listed for the former assistant principal accused of sending the email. A person who identified themselves as a family member said she had left the state. That person said they would try to get her in touch with us.

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