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At the University of California San Diego, criticism is surfacing that the explosive university-led audit of the Preuss School is “deeply flawed.”

The audit, released in December, concluded that the lauded charter school changed students’ grades, and that then-principal Doris Alvarez and several other staffers likely knew or directed the tampering.

In a joint letter to the UCSD chancellor and Preuss’ board chair, a group of researchers questioned whether the audit drew excessively broad conclusions linking Alvarez to changes, and failed to compare grade error rates to other schools.

“It remains possible that the errors in the Preuss transcripts may have occurred at very small rates, not significantly different from other schools, and that the bulk of these errors may have been the result of unintentional random mistakes,” the professors wrote.

Read the full letter here.


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