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Federal audit shows why Alabama's graduation rates were inaccurate

Auditors identified two problem areas that led to the state misrepresenting tremendous growth in the graduation rate. (Photo: State Farm/CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

New revelations uncovered in a federal audit of Alabama’s erroneous high school graduation rates.

Auditors identified two problem areas that led to the state misrepresenting tremendous growth in the graduation rate.

The audit released today shows the Alabama education department’s internal controls didn’t do enough to ensure reports from local school systems were accurate.

Auditors checked 67 students in the Birmingham and Mobile school systems. They found 5 students were erroneously recognized as graduating. One of the five had actually died.

The audit also blames a former state superintendent for allowing school systems to continue counting an alternative diploma as a student who had graduated.

The State Board of Education is putting new controls in place to make sure future graduation reports are accurate.

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