Schools' Timing Suspect in Ohio

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, July 30, 2012

Columbus City Schools mysteriously withdrew students during the 2009-10 school year who came to school every day.

They had perfect attendance, but somehow, at the same time, they were not in school, computer records show.“You can’t be withdrawn and in school at the same time,” said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education. Withdrawing is a process that involves paperwork, and “you can’t just withdraw on Friday and be back in school on Monday.

Draw your own conclusions.”It’s about excluding low test scores, suspects Keith Finn, a former district data analyst. Finn, who analyzed the records for the district’s internal auditor, retired in January before he could check how the kids performed on state achievement tests. Finn speculates those students’ test scores weren’t very good and they were withdrawn only to remove their scores from the data system.

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