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Fraudulent School Data Unacceptable

September 4, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio's public school cheating scandal - by administrators, not students or teachers - may be worse than previously thought.

It has been known for several weeks that some school districts, including the gigantic one in Columbus, tampered with student attendance reports submitted to the state. The idea was to make the reports look as flattering as possible.

But state investigators are looking into precisely why some attendance and enrollment records were altered dishonestly.

It seems there is some concern students who were not doing well academically may have been pulled off enrollment records so their scores on standardized tests would not be counted against schools. That could make schools appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case.

If that happened, those responsible should be fired - then arrested and charged with committing fraud.

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