Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The Columbus Dispatch reports that two state agencies plan to examine Columbus school district student attendance records after allegations it has been "common practice for schools to withdraw and then re-enroll students with poor attendance records so their potentially poor test scores won’t count:"
State report-card rules say schools must count the test scores of students who have been enrolled consecutively for most of the school year. If they have a break in enrollment during that time, however, the scores and attendance rates don’t count against the school.
The Dispatch also notes that Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris says there are "legitimate reasons for retroactively changing student attendance and enrollment information."
However, a number of schools nationally have fudged attendance figures -- or been accused of doing so -- in order to get more public funding or improve the appearance of their performance.
[module align="right" width="half" type="aside"]From the Columbus Dispatch: