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High School Academic Data Audit Report

High School Academic Data Audit Report

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HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC DATA AUDIT REPORT
 
Office of Auditor General
 
 Brian Fleischer, Auditor General 
Date: February 23, 2012
 
Report No.: 12-122
 
 
Brian Fleischer
Auditor General
 
Office of Auditor General
65 Court Street
11
th
Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201Telephone: (718) 935-2600
Fax: (718) 935-5458
 
February 23, 2012The Honorable Dennis WalcottChancellorNew York City Department of Education52 Chambers StreetNew York, NY 10007Dear Chancellor Walcott:Enclosed for your review is the Office of Auditor General’s final audit report of findings andrecommendations for our High School Academic Data Audit, which examined academic data forall 460 high schools of the New York City Department of Education and selected 60 schoolswith the most troubling data patterns for testing in three areas: credit and exam accumulation andcourse crediting, Regents high school examination scoring, and student discharges.The enclosed report summarizes the findings in the areas tested and includes 17recommendations to address deficiencies identified at the audited schools and to improve theaccuracy and reliability of high school academic data citywide.Very truly yours,Brian FleischerAuditor GeneralAttachmentC: Shael Polakow-Suransky Veronica Conforme Kathleen GrimmMarc Sternberg David A. Weiner Laura RodriguezMichael Best Courtenaye Jackson-Chase Dorita P. GibsonJesse Mojica Kemi Akinsanya-Rose Saskia Levy ThompsonJosh Thomases Matt Mittenthal Julia BatorLenny Speiller Adina Lopatin Joanna Lack Martin Kurzweil Niket Mull Robert Sosa
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION AND AUDIT OBJECTIVES ................................................................... 1II. AUDIT SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY ............................................................................. 1III. AUDIT RESULTS SUMMARY............................................................................................. 2IV. CREDIT AND EXAM ACCUMULATION AND COURSE CREDITING .......................... 4A. Regents Examination and Academic Course Credit ......................................................... 6
 
Required Regents Examinations .................................................................................. 6
 
Academic Course Credits ............................................................................................ 7
 
Credit Recovery ........................................................................................................... 8B. Other Part 100 Compliance Issues ................................................................................... 10
 
Laboratory Requirements .......................................................................................... 10
 
Credits in Physical Education and Health ................................................................. 11C. Other Course and Crediting Issues .................................................................................. 12
 
Credit value awarded for courses .............................................................................. 13
 
Previously received credit ......................................................................................... 14
 
Questions about course content ................................................................................. 14
 
Transcript updates ..................................................................................................... 14V. REGENTS HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION SCORING ................................................. 16VI. STUDENT DISCHARGES ................................................................................................... 19VII. CONCLUSION ..................................................................................................................... 21APPENDIX - Detailed Scope and Methodology .......................................................................... 23

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