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  • Update on Graduation Rates Audit | Actualización sobre la auditoría de las tasas de graduación
    Academic integrity continues to be the cornerstone of our work. Starting this week, Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services (A&M) will begin interviews as part of its follow-up review of last year’s graduation rates audit. Central office interviews will be held this week, followed by school-based staff interviews on Monday, July 23. Prince George’s County Public Schools previously announced plans to work with an independent auditor in our response to the audit. Earlier this spring, the Maryland State Department of Education hired A&M to perform the work.

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    Washington Post: Is Prince George’s getting serious about questionable graduations?
    Grade changes are not unique to Prince George’s high schools; and while there can be valid reasons for them, they often stoke controversy, as witnessed by similar revelations about Ballou High School in neighboring D.C. But in Prince George’s, the issue has become entwined with school board infighting that sadly has long been a staple of county politics. Read article >>
    An Open Letter to the PGCPS Community - Una carta abierta a la comunidad de PGCPS

    Tonight, I will present the Prince George’s County Board of Education with an action plan to address the findings of the recent state performance audit of high school graduation rates throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).

    From the beginning, our leadership team has viewed the audit findings as a roadmap to system-wide improvements towards greater academic integrity. We are fortunate to have outstanding teachers, administrators and support staff who show a deep, personal commitment each day to our 132,000 students. As the leader of this great school system, it is my goal to provide the supports, structures and accountability needed to successfully educate each child in our more than 200 schools. That is why my leadership team has embraced these audit findings. 

    Read the complete letter >>

    PGCPS Response to Independent Performance Audit

    View the presentation to the Board of Education shared at the December 19 Board Meeting

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    Independent Performance Audit of Graduation Rates: Key Findings and Next Steps
    View the presentation by CEO Kevin.M. Maxwell about the graduation audit findings and next steps.
    Prince George's County Board of Education Meeting
    View the board meeting video where the graduation audit was discussed.
    An Open Letter to the Community - Una Carta Abierta a la Comunidad de PGCPS

    Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community,

    In June, a majority of the Prince George’s County Board of Education and I requested an audit by the Maryland State Department of Education of high school graduation rates throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Given the nature of the claims, we believed an external performance audit would serve to address key concerns and identify key areas for improvement. The seven-week audit concluded October 31, 2017.

    Read full community letter. | En español

    Graduation Rates Audit News Conference

    Watch CEO Kevin M. Maxwell and Board Chair Segun C. Eubanks address the graduation rates audit.

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    Independent Performance Audit Fact Sheet | Hoja informativa: auditoría independiente de los resultados
    Download the fact sheet in English | Español
    MSDE Website
    Visit the MSDE website for more information about the graduation audit.
    Performance Audit Executive Summary
    Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) was hired to conduct a performance audit based on complaints of grade manipulation to alter / increase graduation rates within Prince George’s County Public Schools (hereafter “PGCPS” or “District”). Read the complete executive summary >>
    Statement from PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell on State Audit of Graduation Rates
    The Maryland State Department of Education’s performance audit findings released today do not support allegations of systemic direction to change grades to artificially increase graduation rates. The auditors also found no financial incentives to change grades, and no evidence of system-wide intimidation or fraud related to the allegations of grade manipulation.
    PGCPS Chief Executive Officer, Board of Education Request Formal Investigation Into Graduation Rate Allegations

    Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell and a majority of the Prince George’s County Board of Education today submitted a formal request to State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen B. Salmon for a follow-up investigation into high school graduation rate allegations.

    Read the request here

    Statement from PGCPS Chief Executive Officer on Graduation Rate Allegations
    Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell gave remarks regarding graduation rate allegations during the June 22, 2017 Prince George’s County Board of Education meeting.
    An Open Letter to the Prince George's County Public Schools Community
    Much to our anger and extreme disappointment, and that of a majority of the Board of Education, a handful of Prince George’s County Public Schools community members have made baseless accusations about our high school graduation rates. Read complete letter >>