All Shelby County high school records to be audited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- WREG has confirmed the records of all Shelby County Schools high schools are currently under review.

In an email from the state department, we were told the state has been in contact with the district for the last few months as they looked into allegations of grade tampering at Trezevant High School.

In response, both sides agreed to an audit of all records in the district's high schools.

"Because of the extensive nature of the audit, there was a mutual decision to get an outside, independent auditor whose timeline will depend on the scope of the work required. The state and SCS will get the results from that auditor at the same time, and we will make our determinations on next steps at that point."

The state said once the results are in, they will work with the district to make sure appropriate actions are taken to keep this from happening again.

Shelby County Schools released the following statement:

Shelby County Schools initiated an audit of all high school records after grade discrepancies were found by school leaders at Trezevant High in September of 2016.  While there was no evidence that any other schools had discrepancies in student transcripts, the District and Tennessee Department of Education agreed a proactive audit was necessary to ensure all student records were being handled properly.  Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP  was hired in February of 2017 to conduct a thorough review of our current record-keeping practices to protect the integrity of student records. 

The state also released a statement:

This decision for an audit of transcripts for grade irregularities was not made as a result of recent allegations. Last fall, information about possible grade irregularities came to light and Shelby County and the state, including both the department’s audit team and the comptroller’s office, decided to do a proactive audit on all high schools. Because of the extensive nature of the audit, there was a mutual decision to get an outside, independent auditor who is contracted through Shelby County. The state and SCS will get the results from that auditor at the same time, and we will make our determinations on next steps at that point. Again, we see our key support role as working with the district after the investigation is finished to ensure that appropriate actions are taken.