Independent Firm Completes Prince George’s Performance Audit
County has 60 days to respond; State to oversee remediation and consequences
BALTIMORE — Today, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) releases the independent audit of Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) grading procedures, by Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services.
The Maryland State Board of Education and State Superintendent are deeply concerned by the report’s findings and have asked PGCPS to respond within 60 days and submit to the MSDE a plan to improve its processes and governance. In January, PGCPS will present its response to the Board, which will then review the county’s plans for remediation and determine what, if any, additional state action is required.
The state initiated the inquiry into PGCPS grade policies and procedures after complaints were lodged regarding grade manipulation. Governor Larry Hogan and a number of local leaders sought additional information, and PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell requested the audit.
Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services was hired in August. Between September 12 and October 31, the firm interviewed external PGCPS stakeholders and PGCPS leadership and staff; reviewed district policies, practices, and students; and conducted site visits of 28 high schools.
The complete report is available here: http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Documents/PGCPSGraduationRateReview10312017.pdf