• News Release: Changes Made at DuVal High School To Ensure Academic Integrity

    January 22, 2018
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has made changes to the leadership team and staff at DuVal High School due to non-compliance with district grading and graduation procedures. A support team of central office supervisorshas been assigned to DuVal High School to assess the situation, assist in the improvement process, and support the school during this transition.  

    “As I stated previously, intentional violations of school system policies and procedures will not be tolerated,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “Changes are being made to improve student achievement and strengthen the DuVal community’s confidence in its school.”

    An investigation by the Prince George’s County Board of Education’s Office of Internal Audit and the recent State performance audit of grading and graduation rates corroborate evidence that some DuVal High School staff made inappropriate decisions that impacted the grading and graduation certification processes. The school system will continue to review this matter and keep parents informed.

    Information obtained through the PGCPS compliance hotline led to the review of grading practices and graduation certification for the 2016 and 2017 school years. Internal Audit turned over its information to State auditors to be included in the State’s recently released review of PGCPS graduation rates.

    PGCPS remains committed to addressing confirmed evidence of violations of school system policies and procedures. The details of personnel actions are confidential.

    The school system will be working with DuVal High School to provide additional academic support for current students as needed. Recent graduates with questions or concerns related to grading and graduation certification should contact gradsupport@pgcps.orgfor assistance.
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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.