Hofmeister requests OSBI conduct criminal investigation into grade-tampering allegations in Chickasha
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 20, 2018) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been investigating allegations of misconduct including potential fraud and tampering with student grade and attendance records by Chickasha Public Schools. OSDE has requested and engaged the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to assist in this matter.
The OSDE probe found unexpectedly high levels of district personnel logins and grade changes within the online Self-Paced Learning Center (SPLC) system used at the school district. A review of the SPLC found that during a four-month period, between October 2017 and January 2018, approximately 5,500 student course grades and 18,800 individual assignment grades were overridden. Additionally, there were significant discrepancies in the number of times individual teachers logged into the system.
“There have been complaints and reports of wrongdoing which continue to warrant further investigation. The allegations are extremely troubling and require the investigative authority of OSBI,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The integrity of student records must never be compromised, and academic honesty is of paramount importance. The district’s lack of oversight appears particularly disturbing as the consequences may be far-reaching and affect many students and families.”