A report released today by the state auditor raises questions about whether the Cleveland Schools and four other districts intentionally changed their attendance data to improve their report cards for the 2010-2011 school year.
The report shows more than 19,000 students weren't counted in the calculations that determined the Cleveland Schools' overall grade. It also states the auditor couldn't finish the investigation into Cleveland Schools because of their incomplete record keeping.
Currently, the district doesn't require schools keep the forms when students enroll in or leave the district.
Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon says he has concerns about the auditor's calculations and disputes the implication that attendance records were manipulated.
Gordon: "To suggest that there's somehow intentional wrong doing particularly to earn the F's and D's that we've earned, it doesn't pass the sniff test. Why would we spend any energy working hard to game the system to get an F? It doesn't make sense."
Gordon says the district's attendance policy has been in place since 2001 and admits that it needs to be improved.
The auditor began the investigation into several districts' attendance records earlier this summer and plans to release another report before the November election.