The fingers of blame are pointing every which way as the investigation into whether Ohio schools are improperly manipulating student attendance data to make their state report cards look better unfolds.
Here’s how the blame game is going:
- The State Auditor has suggested that the Ohio Department of Education could be to blame. The auditor has questioned whether the department showed a “lack of oversight” in making sure student data was reported correctly.
- The Ohio Department of Education, in turn, has said it’s up to school superintendents to ensure the data they send to the state is accurate and follows state reporting rules.
- But some superintendents have said the Ohio Department of Education knew about the student attendance data manipulation and didn’t tell them to stop.
- See Item 1.