Yost: Probe Continues, Will Give Priority To Districts With Levies

A district auditor told the Columbus City Schools board that she found two instances of Columbus high schools changing attendance data outside of the normal window for adjustments.(Photo: Flickr)
A district auditor told the Columbus City Schools board that she found two instances of Columbus high schools changing attendance data outside of the normal window for adjustments.(Photo: Flickr)

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office continues to investigate whether Columbus City Schools or any other Ohio school districts wrongfully changed attendance data to boost state report card ratings.

Speaking to the Ohio Board of Education this morning, Yost said it is his “gut feeling” that districts did nothing wrong. He says his office is working with statistics experts from Ohio State University to develop a model to help find any Ohio schools more likely to have been involved in attendance data manipulation .

Yost hopes to have the model working by October so he can determine which schools need to be reviewed. Yost says his office will give priority to districts with levies on the fall ballot so investigations can be finished before the election and not impact voters.

Yost’s office is looking into why Columbus City Schools and other districts withdrew students, and whether the withdrawals were legitimate or part of an effort to boost attendance data that helps determine state report card ratings.

Columbus superintendent Gene Harris has denied any intentional wrongdoing.

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