Madison City Schools responds to falsely reported graduation rates

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MADISON, Ala. - After the news came out that the Alabama State Department of Education falsely reported the state graduation rate, Madison City School administrators want those in the district to know they have nothing to worry about.

"We always vet our graduation numbers. So, it was not something that was shocking to the point where we thought we better go back," said Assistant Superintendent Robby Parker.

Parker said there's a number of people who help ensure credibility, including teachers and counselors.

"I can tell you unequivocally that no student from Madison City Schools graduates from Bob Jones or James Clemens without earning the 26 correct credits," Parker explained.

As for the state, Parker said it's important that expectations are clear.

"What is the standard? We just need to know what the standard is, what the state wants us to do. I know as a system we will follow any direction the State of Alabama gives us. We always have and we always will," said Parker.