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Case closed on Wesley Chapel HS grade-point concerns

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School_logotest.3562913 Wesley Chapel High School may have inappropriately changed grades of several students, including six of 52 to applied to the University of South Florida.

But with the district's acknowledgment and explanation of the situation, along with its pledge not to repeat it, officials at USF say the subject is no longer a concern.

USF director of admissions J. Robert Spatig told the Gradebook via e-mail that he received an advance faxed copy of Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino's two-page letter detailing what happened at Wesley Chapel, and he found it satisfactory.

"Based on the cooperation and communication we have had to date with School District Board of Pasco County Superintendent’s Office, this matter appears to have been resolved to our satisfaction," Spatig wrote. "We greatly appreciate that Superintendent Fiorentino and her staff have addressed our concerns and have reaffirmed the District’s commitment to academic integrity. Thus, there should be no implications for any Wesley Chapel or Pasco County applicants now or in the foreseeable future."

Spatig said once the university officially receives Fiorentino's letter today, the case will be closed. Wesley Chapel High was the only high school in the county or state of which USF requested such assurances that grade points had not been manipulated.

The issue arose amid concerns that star Wesley Chapel football player Kamran Joyer had too many unexplained grade changes on his transcript, including some that appeared to violate Pasco district policy. Spatig wanted to ensure that Joyer was not given special treatment over other students, and that all Wesley Chapel transcripts were accurate.

District officials say they'll be working with Wesley Chapel leaders to make sure the grading policy is properly followed in the future.

- Jeff Solochek

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:29am]

    

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