Seven Ohio districts improperly reported student-attendance data, which may have led to inflated school report cards, a state investigation has found.
The Ohio education department announced that employees in the districts “scrubbed” attendance data and test results for more than 4,000 students in the 2010-11 school year. All licensed employees in those districts will be investigated.
According to the education department, Cleveland improperly withdrew more than 3,500 students, about 8 percent of its enrollment. Cincinnati removed 130, a tiny percentage of its students, while Toledo removed 425 students, some 2 percent of its enrollment. The four other districts found to have reported bad data are Canton, Campbell, Northridge, and Winton Woods.
A version of this article appeared in the January 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Districts Cited for ‘Scrubbing’ Student-Attendance Data