- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An auditing firm hired by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system has re-examined hundreds of high school student records flagged by state auditors and determined that many of those students had correct grades and did graduate.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1qNuEbQ ) representatives of Postlethwaite & Netterville presented their findings to the school board on Thursday night.

The auditors conducted two reviews, an “academic records review” and a “graduation cohort rate review,” that involved 95 students and 181 students, respectively. These were “exceptions,” students whose print records were missing, incomplete or didn’t match those that were reported electronically to the state.

Of the 95 problematic cases examined in the review, auditors were able to clear 26 of them. In 69 cases, the auditors couldn’t locate the records necessary to clear them.

Of the 181 student records examined in the graduation cohort rate review, P&N; was able to clear 36 and partially clearly 30 more. That left 115 cases where the auditors couldn’t locate the records necessary to clear them.

Laura Soileau, associate director at P&N;, explained the 30 partial clearances this way:

“While the documentation may not have been what was required, we were able to confirm that the students transferred to a different school, and they graduated,” Soileau said.

The P&N; audit was sparked by a controversial state audit earlier this year that found, among other things, that some students earned grades or credits that differed from those the school system later reported to the state, suggesting possible wrongdoing by school administrators, human error or both.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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