6 Months Later, No Answers in Grade Changing Investigation
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Early last fall, Fox45 first exposed allegations of grade changing inside one Baltimore City school. North Avenue responded by launching an internal investigation. More than six months later, we still don’t know the results.
Here’s the background.
Project Baltimore’s investigation began with 13 report cards from Calverton Elementary Middle in West Baltimore. For each report card, there were two versions. In the first version, the student fails the course. In the second, every failing grade is changed to a 60, the lowest passing score. An administrator inside North Avenue told Project Baltimore that grade changing is happening in at least 70 percent of Baltimore City middle and high schools.
After numerous phone calls and emails went unanswered, Project Baltimore went to Calverton to ask the principal some questions about the report cards. We couldn’t find the principal, but the police were called to stop Fox45 from questioning her.
Those first reports prompted a whistleblower to send us a text message, which we’re told, was sent to teachers at Calverton at the end of last school year. The person who sent it, according to the name on the text and our sources, was Calverton’s Principal Martia Cooper. The text instructs teachers to “double check end of year averages and make sure they are 60 and above.” The text goes on to say any grade averages below 60 need to be corrected.
City Schools issued this statement: “An investigation is currently underway with respect to grade-changing allegations at Calverton. The district does not comment on ongoing investigations.”
That statement was issued October 11. No updates have been issued since.
Last summer, following a series of Project Baltimore reports, North Avenue launched an internal investigation into possible grade changing at another city school, NACA II. That investigation took about two months.