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State board to release limited data

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The State Board of Education will release some school district report card information by Sept. 30, but thanks to a continuing investigation into how some Ohio districts manipulated attendance data, the release will not include performance scores.

Marysville Superintendent Diane Mankins notified parents of what to expect via email on Monday, Sept. 17.

"Chunks of the information still might not be there," she said. "It's not going to be anything like we're used to getting when we get our school report cards."

After meeting with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Ohio Department of Education Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyer, the State Board of Education voted unanimously last week to release a spreadsheet containing some school and district report card data, but not actual school report card performance scores.

"As the attendance scrubbing investigation continues, we still feel it would be wrong to release individual report cards - but publishing raw data in a spreadsheet format is the appropriate course of action at this time," State Board of Education Vice-President Tom Gunlock said.

The spreadsheet data will not include attendance rates, performance index scores, the number of indicators met or an overall rating such as "excellent" or "effective," since such results are not yet finalized because of the ongoing review of data by Yost's office.

It will include performance for all grades and subjects on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, Adequate Yearly Progress status, and value-added growth status.

"As soon as Marysville Exempted Village School District's data is available in spreadsheet form, we will be sure and release that information to the entire community," Mankins said.

The state board's vote came after Yost presented an in-depth report on the progress of his investigation into attendance reporting irregularities.

"There are about 100 schools the auditor is still looking at, so I get the sense they will hold back on the total release of information until part of those investigations are done," Mankins said.

Sawyers said the ODE continues to receive public records requests for school district data.

"I believe it is essential that the data we are required by law to release should also be available to you, your teachers, parents and communities," he said.

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