The passing mention in an El Paso audit of how the McAllen school district enrolls English-learning immigrant students, which could have affected high-stakes federal testing data, has prompted McAllen ISD to order an independent investigation, according to a report by The Monitor newspaper in McCallen.

In an audit of the Socorro Independent School District, about 800 miles northwest of here in El Paso, McAllen was mentioned as the only other district in Texas with a policy that automatically places immigrant high school students in ninth grade.

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