School Report Cards May Be Delayed Because of Scandal

Report cards for Ohio schools are supposed to be released Aug. 29. But state school officials may delay the release until September while the state auditor investigates whether school districts have manipulated data for better results.

A data-tampering scandal may cause the Ohio Department of Education to delay the release of the school report cards until September, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

The report cards are slated to be released Aug. 29. But State Board of Education President Debe Terhar has requested that the release of report cards be delayed until at least Sept. 10 when the state board meets again.

The concern is that the school report card data may not be accurate. The Dispatch reports that the state auditor is currently investigating whether some districts, including Columbus, have manipulated data to obtain a better score.

The allegations, which began in Columbus schools, are that school employees withdrew and then re-enrolled students so their test scores wouldn’t be included. Other school districts are suspected of the same practice.

The newspaper reports that acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers will release a plan for the report cards at a special meeting today.

Patch will provide you more information on when report cards will be released as soon as we can.

Bulldog Alum August 23, 2012 at 01:09 AM
well well mr. kent, john and tom it is so nice to see the one that speakith the truith is the only to gettith thiy comment , only one must knoweth what the trueth must holdis store for those whoeth steel, cheeteth and lye and are thus the biggest loost hypycrits. So in retrospect I would think you three paranoid morons would be better off barking up another tree. Because the conspiracy you create. Will feed the light until it's to late. Bulldog Mula
Frank August 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Joe, The Brecksville/Broadview Hts District received a B- grade under the new scoring system despite the complaints of our super. No matter what the standard we are comapared agianst our peers... Other districcts around us received A's. Factually we are cheating published in the Gazette our Super Mr. Prebbles is investigating the standards used to evaluate.....Its the same as knowing the answers before you take the test. All things and districts equal we scored B-.... But please call the OBE like I did to verify.......
Frank August 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM
UH I could not agree with you more.... Our parents make this district with out a doubt. Our teachers thrown in East Cleveland would do not better than the teachers that are there now. We should give pay raises to our teachers base on their ability to teach. The BOE should lift the max pay a teacher can top out at substanially. Remove step, base, and longevity raises and go directly to merit. Further we should ask our teachers to have a Masters Degree in the subject they teach and pay them for their degree. Wouldn't it be great if our teachers had a "Masters in English" Masters in Math" etc....How can you have a teacher that has a undergrad degree in English and a "Masters in Teaching" teach advanced math in our district.... Perhaps this is the reason why our district has an average rating of B- and the number parents sending their kids to private school is growing.. Your thoughts please
James Thomas August 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Patrick, "Now, I'm not suggesting the public schools should start practicing minimum GPAs or become more heavy-handed with expulsions (necessarily), but what I am saying is you can't make a comparison between two different types of schools when one has the ability to adjust its population and the other does not." Should We?
Patrick Giusto August 23, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Should we... what? I'm not sure I understand the question. Do you mean: "Should we start allowing public schools to keep minimum GPAs and afford our administrators easier paths to expel students"; OR: "Should we make comparisons between schools that can do those things and schools that cannot"?


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