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Second Phase of School Attendance Audit
No new instance of potential record “scrubbing” was found in the second interim report concerning the review of school attendance practices in Ohio, released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
This November, 184 school districts in Ohio have levies or bond issues on the ballot. The Auditor of State’s office selected 81 school buildings in 47 districts to test for questionable student attendance practices in this second phase of the statewide audit. The schools tested in the first phase of the audit were excluded from the second phase sample.
Of the 81 buildings tested in this phase: 53 buildings were considered “clean” with no issues identified to date; 20 buildings had records containing sporadic errors; and 8 buildings stillhave testing ongoing and are considered “indeterminate” at this time.
The Auditor of State’s office also excluded an additional 26 districts from testing based on their low percentage of tested students “rolled-up” to the state for the 2010-2011 school year.
Auditor Yost’s audit of attendance practices in Ohio’s schools began when results of an internal audit at Columbus City Schools revealed irregular attendance and enrollment practices and similar allegations surfaced at Toledo Public Schools and Lockland City Schools. The first phase of the audit revealed questionable practices at five school districts.