COLUMBUS -- Ohio's school board has again blocked the release of state report cards amid an attendance-tampering investigation.
The 19-member panel plans instead to release spreadsheets of district- and building-level performance data to the public that's unaffected by the probe.
In a 16-3 vote, the board shot down a proposal Tuesday to publish the much-anticipated report cards with a disclaimer that the data was under review. Opponents worried the disclaimer could appear to cast blame on innocent districts.
Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers developed a spreadsheet of untainted data that will be released upon request, and the alternative approach was approved unanimously.
State Auditor Dave Yost is investigating whether Ohio school districts tampered with attendance and enrollment data to boost performance rankings following irregularities discovered in Columbus, Toledo and suburban Cincinnati.
JULIE CARR SMYTH
AP Statehouse Correspondent
The Associated Press