WACO - An internal and external investigations on University High School found discrepancies in reporting grades and attendance.
Waco ISD sent out a press release Wednesday stating Law Firm Walsh-Gallegos reviewed interviews of 31 campus employees conducted by Waco ISD’s Internal Investigator, plus educational record of 149 UHS students. The external investigators talked to 24 more District employees by phone and spoke to 10 employees in person. STAAR End-of-Course testing, attendance, testing procedures, and laws and policies regarding attendance-based and substantive credit recovery were also reviewed by investigators.
The investigations found some UHS seniors graduated in June without meeting state requirements. The principal, dean, and head counselor have been on paid leave since the early stages of investigations.
On June 3, 2016, a day before University High School’s graduation ceremony, the district first received notice of some “fatal errors” in computerized grade/attendance reports.
The discovered irregularities involved proper procedures not being followed in making up credit for excessive absences or unacceptable course work; an Individual Graduation Committee(IGC) lowered the standard for end of course work that would be acceptable to graduate; and whether students were properly administered state-allowed opportunities to re-test
Six days later the Board of Trustees hired the law firm of Walsh-Gallegos to conduct an independent investigation on the school.
The firm turned in its findings on Tuesday, October 18 to Waco ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain and District administrators.
Irregularities in the Individual Graduation Committee process:
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