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State Auditor Launches Special Audit of a Handful of Charter School Sponsors

Jeff Kubina / Flickr State Auditor Dave Yost says he started getting curious when he learned about the large amount of charter school closures last year. Earlier this week he announced he’s following that curiosity by launching a special audit of three of the state’s charter school sponsors. He will be auditing the North Central [...]

Superintendents Respond to the Auditor’s Report About Data Scrubbing

This week state auditor Dave Yost announced that his investigation into data scrubbing at Ohio’s schools is complete, and a total of nine districts were found to have altered student attendance data in an attempt to boost their report card scores or cash in on more funding. But some superintendents dispute the auditor’s findings. Yost had already [...]

State Auditor Finds Evidence of Student Data Scrubbing at Four More Districts

Four more districts have “scrubbed” student attendance data, according to a report by state auditor Dave Yost. That brings the total number of school districts found to have intentionally changed their student enrollment data to nine statewide. Scrubbing refers to removing students from enrollment without lawful reason. Scrubbing of that kind could lead to increases [...]

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 [...]

Up to 100 Ohio Schools Are Potential Targets of Attendance Rigging Investigation

Up to 100 Ohio schools — less than 3 percent of all charter and traditional public schools in the state — may have improperly changed student attendance data to make the school’s state report card look better, an Ohio Department of Education official said yesterday. Acting state Superintendent Michael Sawyers said department staff helped investigators [...]

School Administrators Got Bonuses for Deleting Attendance Data

Some Columbus City Schools administrators who deleted student attendance records to boost their schools’ test scores were rewarded with bonuses, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch reports that the district has a “gainsharing” program that rewards school administrators and teachers for boosting attendance and graduation rates as well as test scores. Deleting student absences may boost [...]

State Auditor Dave Yost Tells Columbus School District Employees, “Call Me Maybe”

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost has released a video asking Columbus school district employees to call him, maybe, with any information related to falsifying student records, WOSU reports. Maybe you know something about people tampering with student attendance records but don’t know where to turn, Yost suggests. “You haven’t known what to do, who [...]

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