DIVERSITY-IN-ACTION: Baltimore Changes Grades of 12,000 Failing Students to Graduate Them

DIVERSITY-IN-ACTION: Baltimore Changes Grades of 12,000 Failing Students to Graduate Them


A new report has shown that the city of Baltimore, Md. changed the grades of 12,000 failing students in order to graduate them despite the students not meeting the requirements to move forward.

The Maryland Inspector General for Education Richard Henry found that a “culture of fear and a veil of secrecy” prevented Baltimore school officials from “speaking freely about misconduct” in his report released on June 8.

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Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) had previously denied any “widespread, systemic abuse or improper activity” when the grade inflation was exposed by local news. However, Henry’s report found that mass grade changes occurred by BCPS between 2016-2020. This is only for high school, as BCPS’ data of grade 2-8 students is kept hidden.

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