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State to Recalculate Grade Cards in Audit of Schools

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The acting leader of the Ohio Department of Education is being asked to recalculate grade cards for the nine school districts that have been accused of scrubbing student data. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he wants the state education department to take a close look at the nine districts identified in a recent audit as making changes to look better in state reports.

YOST: "We are requesting that he and his staff recalculate the grade cards for these districts."

Michael Sawyers, the acting superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education, says his staff will do that. And he says the agency will investigate the problems in those districts that were identified in the state audit.

SAWYER: "If the investigation proves that for professional conduct purposes, it was done knowingly or willingly, then it will come forward through another process to look specifically at the individual for potential revocation of licensure, if they are a professional staff member, or criminal charges, if they are warranted."

Sawyers says his department will also consider other recommendations in the auditor’s report.

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