The 38,000 high school seniors in the Los Angeles Unified School District may have serious problems applying to colleges. A faulty computerized records system that was newly implemented in August has produced so many errors, the Los Angeles Times reports, that the district has hired hire 25 to 50 retired counselors and administrators to review the transcripts. The cost of the hirees is estimated to range from $15,000 to $25,000 a day.
Some of the problems from the faulty system include students lacking necessary courses and/or being assigned classes that are unnecessary, as well as transcripts riddled with mistakes, according to the Times.
The pressure is on; some application deadlines for colleges are in October, and for many others, the deadline is Nov. 1.
There had been criticism of the district from administrators and teachers for the implementation of the new records system without adequate preparation.
Meanwhile, central and regional office staff members have been distributed to the district’s 103 high schools so counselors can work on the records.
John Deasy, the former superintendent of the district who resigned Oct. 15, had been criticized for the way he dealt with the student records system, as well his goal to give every student, teacher and school administrator an iPad.