Eye on Education

Records Seized from Columbus Schools by Police

The state auditor’s investigation into student data manipulation at Columbus City Schools continues. Police showed up at Columbus schools this morning to seize records. When the Dispatch asked one of the police officers what was going on, he could only say, “It’s a super secret thing.”

State Auditor Dave Yost has already said that Columbus City Schools falsified students’ records to improve their schools’ standing on state report cards by withdrawing students they knew to still be enrolled so their scores on state tests wouldn’t count.

Now the investigation has expanded into grade changing, a source said. As The Dispatch reported last month, at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 87 students’ final F grades were changed to D’s in one week in June 2011 — just after classes had let out for the summer.

More than 12 percent of Linden-McKinley’s students went from failing a class to just passing it after the school year ended.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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