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What is Attendance Rigging?


In late June 2012, the Ohio state auditor’s office began investigating whether staff at school districts across Ohio improperly changed student data to make their schools’ performance look better, particularly on state report cards. The auditor’s office is also looking at what role the Ohio Department of Education played in any improper data maniupation.

State auditor Dave Yost has called this practice “attendance report rigging.”

You can find more coverage of the Ohio school data investigation here.

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School Officials Respond to Auditor’s Attendance Data Fraud Investigation

Yesterday, State Auditor Dave Yost released the findings of the first part of his investigation into schools’ practice of rigging attendance data to boost their performance on state report cards. He found evidence that at least five school districts have “scrubbed” their data: Campbell, Cleveland, Columbus, Marion, and Toledo City Schools. Another 28 districts had [...]

State Auditor Finds Evidence of Attendance Data Scrubbing at Five Districts

Ohio’s Auditor Dave Yost wrapped up the first part of his investigation into attendance fraud in 100 of Ohio’s schools, and found evidence of scrubbing at five of those districts. There were problems at several other districts, though they weren’t found to be pervasive. Let’s break down the auditor’s report. SO WHAT DID HE FIND? [...]

Ohio Data Rigging Investigation and the C-Word


Cassidy Curtis / Flickr There’s a state investigation of suspected “systemic cheating” in Ohio schools, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “Cheating investigations” are underway in Toledo and Columbus, according to the Journal-Constitution. And the Ohio Auditor of State is investigating suspected “whether systemic cheating at three Ohio school districts was the result of lax oversight by the [...]

Columbus School Superintendent Gene Harris to Retire (Updated)

Columbus school district Superintendent Gene Harris will announce her retirement this afternoon, our partners at WOSU report: A source confirms Harris will retire following several months in the spotlight amid allegations of attendance rigging. The retirement will not be immediately, however. Harris will leave at the end of the school year. Her retirement comes as the [...]

Auditor Says Investigation Into School Attendance Data Fraud May Last Into New Year

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost was hoping to wrap up his investigation into attendance rigging at schools statewide well before the November elections. It looks like that won’t happen. Many Ohioans will be asked to vote on school levies this fall, and schools worry that uncertainty surrounding accusations of falsified attendance data may hurt their chances [...]

Marion City, Elgin and Newark Schools Among Those Under State Investigation

Cliff / Flickr The approximately 100 schools under state scrutiny for altering student attendance data include schools in three central Ohio school districts, CentralOhio.com reports. Marion City, Elgin and Newark are all part of the state auditor’s investigation. Ohio Department of Education staff helped investigators in the state auditor’s office identify schools with high numbers of [...]

Let’s Play the Ohio School Attendance Data Rigging Blame Game

Sarah G. / Flickr 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 [...]

What the Ohio 2012 School Report Card Delay Means for Parents, Teachers and Communities

Doug Waldron / Flickr Ohio is delaying the release of school report cards indefinitely pending the outcome of a statewide investigation into whether some schools  manipulated student data to make their state report card grades look better. “The report cards are intended to give an accurate picture of how well schools are doing and they [...]

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