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Canton schools are cleared in data scrubbing, Cleveland is not; Columbus is in limbo
Columbus is likely to find out the results of Yost's 1 1/2-year investigation Wednesday, and criminal referrals are likely

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Canton Superintendent Adrian Allison maintained all along the district would be cleared.
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Cleveland and six other school districts have been referred to the Ohio Department of Education’s professional conduct office in the statewide data-rigging scandal.

But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Canton schools have been cleared. And the report released today by the state doesn’t say what’s going to happen next to the biggest district of all -- Columbus.


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State auditor David Yost began investigating two years ago allegations that some districts had withdrawn students – on paper – who were likely to do badly on state tests, then quickly re-enrolled them. The withdrawals meant their test scores would not count against the districts when state report cards came out.  

Seven school districts have been referred to the Ohio Department of Education's office of professional conduct. They are:
  • Cleveland Metropolitan 
  • Cincinnati Public 
  • Toledo Public
  • Campbell City
  • Northridge Local
  • Winton Woods City
  • Marion City 
Marion had no data errors, but had questionable practices.
Still under investigation by the state auditor is Columbus City School District. 

Cleveland’s records were initially unauditable, but the state now says the district improperly withdrew more than 3,500 students. 

Canton incorrectly coded 29, but the state says none the mistakes affected the district report cards and none were intentional. The students were primarily enrolled in the city’s drop-out prevention and adult high school programs, and included students from four nearby suburban districts who participate in Canton’s alternative school. 

The most serious allegations are against Columbus. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Auditor Yost is expected to share his investigation’s results this week with Columbus officials and has warned criminal charges are likely. 

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