EBR Taylor gets extra month for corrective plan

State Superintendent of Education John White has granted East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Bernard Taylor another month to submit a corrective action plan to ensure no repeat of the problems found in a recent state audit of several years’ worth of graduation records.

In a short letter sent Wednesday to Taylor, White agreed, without explanation, to the extension. The deadline was Friday. The new deadline is May 4.

Taylor asked for more time given the size and scope of correcting the problems.

The audit found, among other things, that some students earned grades or credits that differed from those the school system later reported to the state, suggesting possible wrongdoing by school administrators, human error or both.

The audit also found school officials rarely followed up to see that students transferring out of state, or to private or home schools, actually changed schools.

Taylor immediately responded with the broad outlines of a corrective action plan. It calls for establishing audit teams, training for school administrators and the creation of an internal tracking system to follow students who exit the school system.

On March 20, the board voted unanimously to direct Taylor to go further and find an outside group to conduct yet another, more extensive audit.

The state’s audit is in the hands of the state inspector general and the legislative auditor for possible further investigation.

The state also may decide to recalculate individual school performance scores for years past as well as scores for the entire school system.