An initial investigation done by the Department of Education shows the states A-F grading system was manipulated. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, spoke publically about the recent grading scandal for the first time.
The findings come after months of uproar about the states A-F system that turned into a full-scale scandal when emails from former Superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett were released. Those emails reveal that Bennett allegedly changed the letter grade for a school run by prominent republican donor. Now Glenda Ritz is addressing the problem.
Ritz says the education department is conducting a full review of the A-F system which will hopefully be completed by September 2.
It's unknown what the findings of this study will reveal, but one possible outcome is that the results from the 20-11-20-12 would be invalid. If that's the case the system would need to be fixed before it's applied to this school year.
Ritz would not talk specifics about the damage of Dr. Tony Bennett's alleged actions, but she did say that the A-F system was manipulated. She issued the following statement.
"In light of recent developments, the Department began a probe into the A-F data system," Ritz said in a statement. "Upon our preliminary examination, the Department has verified that there was manipulation of calculation categories and the Department has also determined that there are broader issues that need to be examined. "
Schools and teachers around the state are waiting for the ISTEP+ scores, which have been delayed because of technical glitches at CTB-McGraw-Hill, the company that administered the test.
The company president apologized to the board for the problems that the glitches caused.