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District evaluating local impact of statewide grading issue

PITTSBORO — The  North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has alerted school districts about “an issue in PowerTeacher Pro that can lead to an incorrect calculation of grades.”  All of the state’s public schools, including charter schools, are required to record grades in PowerTeacher Pro. During a webinar hosted by NCDPI staff Jan. 18, 2018, administrators were informed that 109 districts (virtually all of the state’s districts) and 59 charter schools could be impacted. The specific issue is with the rounding function, creating a scenario wherein a student’s grade could be slightly higher or lower than the actual grade earned.

At this point, NCDPI has provided districts and charter schools with a list of course sections that may have been impacted. However, there is still much work to be done to determine the extent to which students have in fact been affected and how best to ensure that any issues  are rectified. Chatham County Schools will work under NCDPI’s guidance to implement next steps with respect to determining the scope of the issue and any appropriate adjustments prior to issuing report cards, which will be delayed if necessary. Additional information will be communicated accordingly.

Published Jan. 18, 2018