MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An investigation that found grade-tampering at a high school in Tennessee’s largest school system has led the state to require additional audits of the system for the next three years.

The Commercial Appeal reports that in a Dec. 11 letter, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen praised Shelby County Schools for its transparency, but said the audits will be required to monitor the system’s adherence to new practices. The letter from McQueen also said that the results of the investigation into grading issues at Trezevant High School were “extremely troubling.”

The school system did not respond to The Commercial Appeal’s request for comment Thursday.

The investigation’s results that were released Dec. 5 revealed more than 1,000 grade changes allowed at least 53 students to graduate without earning a diploma.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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