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Ohio lowers the report-card grades of six districts that cheated
Cleveland and Toledo engaged in data scrubbing, but their grades remained the same
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
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The Ohio Department of Education has lowered the ratings of six school districts that misrepresented their student performance. The lower grades stem from the state auditor’s finding that districts around the state “scrubbed” test results from lower performing students before submitting their data to the state. For StateImpact Ohio, Brian Bull reports:

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The report-card changes include Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo schools districts, and more than 100 individual schools. 

Some saw their letter grades drop two levels. Northridge –- a district in the Dayton area, also had to reimburse the state $28,000 for a bonus it scored two years ago.

Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says letters have been sent to 30 educators involved in improperly listing students as withdrawn, asking them to surrender their educator licenses. 

“We did have one person so far take us up on that, a superintendent who had previously retired anyway. He went ahead, and just said, ‘Yeah, I’ll surrender my license.  And it saved him $10,000 in court costs, and taxpayers the costs in investigation.”

Toledo and Cleveland withdrew the most students from their test data but the state did not lower their grades.

Of the 143 schools being issued recalculated grades, only two – both in Cincinnati – saw their ranking improve.

Charlton says the department is reviewing recommendations by the state auditor to ensure future data from Ohio schools is  secure and accurate.

 

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