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After the "scrubbing" scandal, Ohio report cards change
More than 100 school buildings are impacted
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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More than 100 schools in four districts were impacted by the changes.
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For what’s expected to be the last time, the state has revised report cards measuring the performances of a handful of public school districts, including one of the biggest, Cleveland.

WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what happened.

LISTEN: The report-card changes and Cleveland

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In all, the state made more than 100 revisions to individual building ratings for the 2012 and 2013 school years in districts including Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Columbus is accused of specifically “scrubbing data” by falsely claiming kids who were likely to perform poorly on standardized tests had dropped out. But investigators said the problems with Cleveland were poor record keeping. And as Cleveland CEO Eric Gordon said, that’s validated by Cleveland remaining where it was – in the lowest of the five academic ratings the state issues.

“We certainly did not earn an academic emergency rating by cheating.”

Though the cleaned-up data has lowered the overall report-card ratings for 10 Cleveland schools, it improved individual measures for a half-dozen schools.

“It wasn’t somehow that only kids with poor test scores were being screened. We actually had – and we’ve contended this from the very beginning -- as many kids with positive test scores that weren’t meeting the state report-card criteria as those with negative scores.”

Gordon says many of the kids incorrectly omitted were awaiting action by the juvenile court to officially declare them truant. He also said an electronic system created record-keeping issues.

Here's the explanation from John Charlton of the Ohio Department of Education on how the data deletions happened.
LISTEN: Ohio Department of Education John Charlton on how the numbers in some districts were adjusted
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