Attendance, grades at CPS school questioned

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Jumps in attendance and grades are at the center of the inspector general’s investigation at Juarez Academy High School.

DNAinfo reports  teachers at the school say they felt obligated to give students better grades than they may have deserved. DNAinfo also reports teachers who mark a student absent found that that absent was changed to a tardy or that they actually attended class.

Juarez Community Academy has previously been touted as a great example of how a school can improve. It was taken off of probation for the first time in decades recently and Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education and former CPS superintendent, visited the school back in December and praised the improvement. the administration.

DNAinfo’s report suggests teachers don’t fully understand the benchmark grading system and a system that allows students to make up missed days.

A CPS spokesperson released a statement concerning the investigation it says “CPS is aware of the allegations made by teachers  at Juarez Community Academy High School and is cooperating with the office of the Inspector General on its investigation.”

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