1,600 Savannah-Chatham County students incorrectly assigned to summer school

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than 1,500 students from 32 schools were incorrectly assigned to attend summer school this year by the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).

According to the SCCPSS, an error in the district's computer system caused the mistake. State standardized test scores were entered incorrectly into the district's computer system, causing a miscalculation of final grades that determined whether students needed to attend summer school.

"Critical information regarding core subjects and other assignments that we use to review the promotion and retention criteria for students were coded incorrectly," Chief of Public Affairs Kurt Hetager said. "So about 1,600 students, whenever they got their report card, it incorrectly stated they were retained when they should have been promoted."

The district did not catch the mistake until last week. The school system notified most parents by phone this week that their child passed and would be receiving a new report card. Some parents posted their frustrations on 'The Voices for Schools' Facebook page.

"Livid does not even begin to describe it," one parent said.

Voice for Schools says its mission is to take "solution-focused, action-oriented steps to address the needs of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System."

One parent took her concerns to the school board on Wednesday.

"A significant number of students who received retention letters were A and B students who never dreamed they would be retained," Chelsey Beck said.

In the meantime, for parents who are panicking because they now have no plans for their child this summer, the district is offering free summer school to all 1,600 students affected.

Parents that are worried that their child may be impacted by the miscalculation can call the Academic Affairs Division at 912.395.5582.

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