(Columbus) In an effort to improve performance ratings, four more Ohio school districts have been accused of removing poor-performing students from their attendance records, according to state Auditor David Yost.
Yost now says nine Ohio districts falsified attendance records.
Yost named Cincinnati Public, Winton Woods, Canton, and Northridge Local Schools in Montgomery County on Monday.
In response to the Ohio Auditor's findings, Cincinnati City Schools' Superintendent Mary Ronan says Yosts' preliminary findings show the majority of "errors" that the Auditor observed in the Cincinnati City School District are due to "building to building transfers." Ronan also replied, "We respectfully disagree that reporting a break of enrollment or a building to building transfer necessarily consititures an error in reporting."
In order to improve attendance and prevent schools from falsely boosting their attendance records, Yost is recommending that the state base school funding on yearlong attendance figures. This would be a change from the current attendance policy that is based on a count in October.
School districts currently use the honor system to regulate their attendance records.
Lockland, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo schools were named initially by Yost in 2012. Yost said on Monday that criminal charges could be coming in the case of Columbus.