BALTIMORE — A Maryland school district that an investigation found had violated grading and graduation certifications says the issues happened because turnover in leadership created confusion and accountability gaps.

The Washington Post reports that Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell and four other district officials appeared before the State Board of Education on Tuesday. The investigation had found roughly 30 percent of a sample group of students with late grade changes lacked documentation justifying graduation or were ineligible.

Board President Andrew Smarick said no evidence was found that Maxwell urged improper conduct. However, Smarick said it seemed something is suggesting to schools that “you’ve got to graduate this student.”

Maxwell said the investigation’s results are sobering. He said systemic policies are being improved after issues including personnel turnover created problems.

Information from: The Washington Post,

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