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Ohio makes more than 100 revisions to school report cards after data-scrubbing investigation


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Education made more than 100 revisions to district and school ratings in the state following an investigation into attendance data-scrubbing.

The state recalculated the 2012 and 2013 ratings to include test scores of students who had been improperly excluded by local school officials. The recalculations resulted in both improved and lowered scores around the state.

Officials also recalculated the 2011 ratings in some districts, including Columbus. The ratings for 20 Columbus schools decreased after all three years of report cards were recalculated, but the district's overall rating for 2011 and 2012 did not change.

The overall ratings of two schools in Cincinnati and one school in Cleveland for 2012 were lowered after the recalculations, while the rating for one school in Cleveland improved.

The ratings revisions conclude ongoing data accuracy investigations in the state. Previous records reviews confirmed scrubbing in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Campbell, Winton Woods and Northridge.

In January, the Ohio auditor said findings from a separate 18-month investigation into attendance data scrubbing at Columbus city schools showed a culture of changing the numbers and a lack of oversight by its board of education.

Scrubbing involves improperly withdrawing a student who took the state achievement tests, excluding their scores from building and district reports.

The Department of Education actively monitored the 2013-14 data submissions for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo schools and determined there is no evidence of scrubbing.

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