School Scandal: Hundreds Of Grades Changed To Help New Rochelle Students

December 05, 2018 - 8:41 am

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – New details emerged this week in the grading scandal that has rocked New Rochelle High School, and the scandal’s scope is wider than many had previously believed.

A new report says there was widespread grade fixing at the school, with full credit given for incomplete and substandard work.

The independent investigation found two New Rochelle High School administrators inflated 212 grades for 32 students to help push them along to graduation.

The students had been taking online classes to make up for failed courses.

School Board President Jeffrey Hastie says they’re now looking to increase oversight.

“Our interim principal has put together a plan on how to address some of the issues that were identified. The investigators actually had a list of recommendations that we are following,” Hastie said.

The investigation, which started in the spring, found perfect scores were given even when students did work that didn’t make sense.

In one case, a student drew a stick figure for an art assignment.

The principal left the district in August, and the interim superintendent is now looking to fire the other administrator.