Auditor: Columbus School District Halfway Through Reforms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state auditor says the Columbus City School District is halfway through the changes mandated to rectify its 3-year-old data-rigging scandal.

Auditor David Yost’s office examined Columbus schools’ procedures from Feb. 1, 2014 through March 31 to determine how much progress had been made to fix 12 areas the auditor said needed to be addressed.

A 2014 report disclosed a “culture of deceit” in which administrators manipulated student data to make schools and the district look better on state report cards.

Four administrators were convicted of crimes relating to the data changes, with dozens more under investigation by the Ohio Department of Education.

Yost’s report says the district still has issues with student-withdrawal information, its individualized program for special-education students and documentation of student absences.