WASHINGTON— The recent revelations of changes made to student grades and attendance records at the District of Columbia’s Ballou High School—changes intended to present a rosier picture than reality—represent not an isolated case but a systemwide problem, according to a Washington Teachers Union-EmpowerEd survey released today. Results show this problem requires overhauling school culture and policies through genuine collaboration between teachers and school administrators. A total of 616 teachers responded to the survey conducted during November and December 2017. The findings reveal two pervasive problems: administrators pressuring or coercing teachers to change grades and attendance records—and sometimes indicating their evaluation…
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