Officials: Marysville isn't part of scandal
The Marysville school district's new assistant superintendent, Andy Culp, believes the district is not a part of an investigation that is delaying the release of state report cards.
Culp sent a districtwide email Aug. 22 in response to the Ohio Board of Education''s decision in support of the delay.
"In an effort to transparently communicate with our community and parents, we wanted to send an update about the State Board of Education and their decision to delay the release of 2011-2012 local report cards," Culp said in the email.
The Ohio Board of Education agreed with State Board of Education Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers' recommendation to delay the report card release due to an ongoing investigation into how districts reported data. The report cards were scheduled to be released on Aug. 29.
A Columbus Dispatch investigation found Columbus City Schools officials had altered data to improve their school standings. State Auditor Dave Yost is looking at other school districts now to determine they did something similar and were then wrongfully awarded higher marks on the report cards.
Culp said Yost did not provide a specific timeline for releasing the report cards other than to say "later this fall."
The delay also will include the Sept.1 release of the Performance Index rankings for each district, community school and STEM school.
The state board will check on the investigation at its Sept. 10 meeting.
The district report card system in Ohio may see some changes in the future, according to Culp.
"I would imagine that there will be more scrutiny with respect to the integrity of the data and the corresponding pull of students that are assigned to a given district and school," he said.
"I would also expect that waiversor exceptions for students not counting as part of the aggregate OGT/OAA results will become limited.
"Those districts that were not reporting their results and attendance accurately could be more impacted than those districts that were reporting accurately," he added. "This also comes at time when Ohio is revamping the overall state report card and the manner in which it will be reporting and calculating district results in coming years."
The Dispatch reported 100 school districts in the state are under the microscope.
Culp thinks Marysville schools are not among them.
"There is no indication whatsoever that MEVSD (Marys-ville Exempted Village School District) has misreported their results in any way,"Culp said.
While the timeline for releasing the report cards is uncertain, Culp said he hopes the results will be out before November.
"We are optimistic about student achievement, learning and our corresponding results on the 2011-2012 district state report card," he said. "Clearly, the timing of when ODE decides to release district results is something that we cannot control."
Thus far, Culp said, he has received no feedback of concern from parents in the district.
"To my knowledge, we have only had parents thank us for the update and communicating with them about the delay.
"As soon as Marysville Exempted Village School District's report card results are released, we will be sure and release that information to the entire community," he said.