Statement to Phil Williams on Hunters Lane High School Allegations – Nov. 12, 2015

To: Phil Williams, WTVF-TV, NewsChannel 5
From: Communications Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Date: November 11, 2015
Re: Grade change allegations at Hunters Lane High School

In response to your public records request, you have been provided with documentation related to an internal investigation conducted in 2012 after a teacher employed at Hunters Lane at the time filed a complaint with Human Resource Development (now called Human Capital) that she was forced to change failing students’ grades to passing grades.

The investigation was turned over to the department of Leadership and Learning because there was no disciplinary action or termination being disputed. The matter was investigated specifically by the lead principal of high schools, who was the direct supervisor for Hunters Lane at the time. In April 2012, the investigation concluded that the school principal’s actions did not violate existing district policy.

Principals are responsible for supervising the entire school program, including effectiveness of teachers. Grades should be an indication of student learning. If a high number of students are failing a class that indicates students are not learning the material. Principals are expected to monitor teachers’ gradebooks and discuss their teaching and intervention practices if students are failing.

The Grading Procedures Policy (IM 4.144) in 2012 stated:

An administrative change in a teacher’s grade shall not be made without prior consultation with the teacher of record. The teacher may request that the decision of the principal or the results of the consultation be reviewed by the appropriate Associate Superintendent or designee.

Policy IM 4.144 currently states:

The principal has the authority to modify a grade given by a teacher under his/her supervision only when it has been determined that the grade was based upon inaccurate data or when he/she feels that policy was not followed. An administrative change in a teacher’s grade shall not be made without prior consultation with the teacher of record. The teacher may request that the decision of the principal or the results of the consultation be reviewed by the appropriate Associate Superintendent or designee.

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