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August 3, 2011
A high school that posted suspicious swings in graduation rates in recent years is under investigation for giving students credits they didn’t earn.
Teachers and other staff members at A. Philip Randolph High School said they blew the whistle after seeing administrators abuse a practice that allows students to quickly make up credits in classes that they previously failed.
Department of Education officials said the Office of Special Investigations began probing A. Philip Randolph last month after Chancellor Dennis Walcott received several emails earlier this summer alleging illicit use of the practice, known as “credit recovery,” to artificially improve the school’s graduation numbers. After years of mediocre performance, the school’s graduation rate increased nearly 30 points two years ago and was one of the city’s highest.
This year, with less than a week before graduation day, school administrators ordered guidance counselors to enroll all failing seniors into online credit recovery courses so that they could graduate on time, one of the counselors said. She said the courses were crammed into one or two days and often went unsupervised.
When she and the school’s programming coordinators protested to administrators, they were rebuffed, the guidance counselor said.
“I said to them, ‘That is not right,’” she said. “You’re asking us to do something unethical.” (more…)