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Students may have hacked grades at NU

Nevada Union High School administrators are investigating reports that students hacked into computers used to record grades – which led to teachers working extra hours and likely delayed report card mailings.

Principal Marty Mathiesen released few details Friday, saying only that students possibly broke into the school’s computer system to change grades and passwords used by teachers to access their computers.

The principal and members of the district’s information technology team were still investigating the situation Friday. Mathiesen said no students were disciplined as of the close of the school day.

“We’re in the midst of the investigation, and we want to establish exactly what happened,” he said.

Mathiesen said report cards for the first semester, which ended Wednesday, would probably be delayed. The reports should arrive at students’ homes by Feb. 5, he said.

The principal said teachers and administrators worked extra hours this week to fix the errors in the report cards.

This is the second time in the 2004-05 school year that the grading systems have been either tampered with or subject to computer glitches.

In November, administrators accidentally mailed out 2,600 report cards that were a year old. Administrators at the Nevada Joint Union High School District blamed the error on outdated software.

Superintendent Maggie Deetz in November said the district was looking to upgrade its grade-reporting systems.

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