November 10, 2018
As you may recall, several weeks ago, I shared with the Board and the public that - going back to at least 2015 - RPS had been awarding high school credit erroneously for a number of classes. For example, some students were enrolled in courses that had never been approved by the Board. Others received two credits for a class that only merited one. To be clear, our students did absolutely nothing wrong. They were simply following the instructions of the adults charged with their care.
The VDOE informed RPS of these errors starting in the 2015-16 school year and instructed RPS staff to make adjustments at that time. For reasons I can’t explain, that did not occur.
Because our students did nothing wrong, we requested a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education to ensure that our young people would not lose credits. Those waiver requests were denied on Friday. (You can read the full response from the VDOE below.)
As a result, we will be reviewing every single high school transcript and making the necessary adjustments over the coming months. Once we’ve had a chance to fully review the VDOE’s report, we’ll follow up with a comprehensive presentation to the Board along with detailed communications to our high school students and their families. Please note that very few of the credits being denied are necessary for graduation. That said, we will begin our transcript reviews by focusing on our seniors to ensure they are fully prepared to earn their diplomas.