HEMPSTEAD - The New York State Education Department has released a scathing audit that found Hempstead teachers inflated grades from failing to passing on a massive scale.
According to a new report from the state Regents, more than 2,000 grades were changed for nearly 1,300 Hempstead High School students last year. The audit found only 8 percent of those changes could be reasonably explained.
Randy Stith, a 23-year-old volunteer firefighter who is running for the school board, says he holds Superintendent Susan Johnson and the school board responsible.
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Last year, the district graduated only 38 percent of its seniors while also spending $3,400 more per student than the average Long Island district, according to Roger Tiles, of the New York Regents Board. He also says there is a major problem with absenteeism.
Superintendent Johnson released a statement saying they conducted an investigation into allegations of grade inflation when state officials released their preliminary audit findings in January. She says they have developed a new grading policy that addresses the problems uncovered by the audit, as well as additional issues uncovered by their own internal investigation.