Columbus: Auditor releases attendance investigation results

7:50 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Auditor has released his investigation into school district attendance irregularities, and some districts are taking issue with the findings.

Auditor Dave Yost identified 9 school districts as "scrubbing" attendance data or improperly withdrawing students who perform poorly in school.

The Cleveland School District and the Canton City Schools are named in the report.

Yost says he has turned over his findings to the U.S. Department of Education for any legal wrongdoing.

Cleveland CEO Eric Gordon has said that the district has put more checks and balances in place and updated record-keeping procedures in the schools.

Gordon issued a statement in response to the Auditor's report saying, "the report found no evidence that the district's attendance practices were designed to change achievement rankings."

The district has maintained that there was no intent to tamper with attendance numbers.

We also received a statement from Canton City Superintendent Adrian E.  Allison saying, "It is unfortunate that with such a complex data reporting system known as EMIS and the unique circumstances of these schools (the schools in the report are at-risk, collaborative schools that include students from 5 districts), our district is being reported as a 'data scrubber' to improve the results on the Report Card.  While we know that there are opportunities to ensure that the data is as accurate as possible, we are certain that there was no data 'scrubbing' in the Canton City School District."

Yost says he has been talking to federal prosecutors about the investigation.


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