Ohio Education Officials Expand Data Scrubbing Investigation For Columbus, 3 Other Districts

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The Ohio Education Department is expanding their current data scrubbing investigation to include the 2012-2013 school year.

According to state officials, the ODE is looking into evidence of improper data reporting for the 2012-2013 school year for Columbus City Schools. Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo districts will also be investigated.

ODE officials say that it has already determined there was evidence of scrubbing in those districts from 2011-2012. It also was determined that Columbus improperly reported its data in 2010-2011.

In the coming months, new report cards will be issued for all four districts for the various years in question.

Other school districts under investigation for data scrubbing also received updates from the ODE. They will not be investigated for the 2012-2013 year.

Northridge schools in Montgomery County continued withdrawing students who should’ve been left on the rolls in 2011-12. But the department found it did not carry on last school year, so it won’t be investigated further. After reviewing attendance data submitted by Campbell and Winton Woods school districts, the department did not find any further evidence of misreporting.