LAPD Investigating Apparent Grade Tampering at West L.A. Charter School

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LAPD investigating possible grade tampering at New West Charter in West Los Angeles on May 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles police are investigating how a charter high school’s computer system was used to change student grades, after the University of Miami noticed something seemed amiss about an applicant’s transcripts.

After the university alerted New West Charter in West Los Angeles about apparent grade tampering, the charter filed a report in March with the LAPD suggesting that a student or students may have obtained a counselor’s password and logged into the school’s computer system several times to change the course grades of three students, two of whom are brothers.

School officials said the breaches occurred in November, including two days during the Thanksgiving holiday break, according to a police search warrant obtained by The Times.

One student’s grades were changed in early November. Grades for the two siblings were altered during the holiday break from a computer that appeared to be in Great Neck, N.Y.

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