MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A new audit shows rampant issues across Shelby County when it comes to changing grades in high schools.
A 200-page report identified eight schools that are under investigation.
Trezevant High School was one of the first schools to be identified as a grade-changing offender. Details of the grade changing came forward when the school's principal resigned and wrote a six-page letter of complaints against Shelby County Schools.
Dixon Hughes Goodman Law Firm audited the school system and found grade changing was happening in at least eight schools.
"The evidence suggests this was done with the intent to increase the graduation rate," the law firm's report read.
Kirby High School had 582 failing grades changed to passing grades between 2012 and 2016, according to the audit.
Kirby graduate Rachelle Alexander said the allegations of grade changing are shocking. She said she never heard of grades being changed while she was in school.
The audit found multiple Shelby County Schools high schools, that had grade change rates as high as 10 times the state average.
"You're setting your kids up for life. If they can't do it [now], when they get older they will not be able to do it either," Alexander said.
Shelby County Schools released the following statement about what it plans to do to address the grade changing happening at schools in the district: