Thompson: A SIG Success Story is Audited
In 2012, it posted double-digit increases in four subjects, single-digit gains in four, and declines in only three tests. After replacing 75% of its faculty, investing heavily in after-school tutoring and intersession remediation, and implementing its SIG "academic intervention plan," the high school earned a “C” on Oklahoma’s tough new report card. It earned “A’s” for overall student growth, its graduation rate, advanced coursework, and “overall school improvement.”
Douglass, however, is being investigated for awarding credits to students who have not earned them. Now, the Daily Oklahoman's Carrie Coppernoll, in Douglass Transcript Finds Spur Call for Wider Auditing, reports that less than 20% of Douglass’ seniors are on track to graduate. To ameliorate the harm to its seniors, Douglass has no short-term option but to double-down on the full array of “credit recovery” shortcuts that got the school in the mess by “passing students on.” The lastest twist, ironically, grows out the Oklahoma Gazette's Freedom of Information request. Jerry Bohnen, in "A Tale of Email," confirms that the former principal changed grades. The district explains that those grade-changes would not have been appropriate under its policies, but they may have been consistent with SIG standards.-JT(@drjohnthompson) Image via.