Columbus — The Auditor of State’s office final report on the statewide school attendance audit will be released February 11.
Fieldwork has been completed and consultations are being held with the Ohio Department of Education and additional school districts found to show evidence of “scrubbing” attendance data.
Auditor Yost’s audit of attendance practices in Ohio’s schools began when results of an internal audit at Columbus City Schools revealed irregular attendance and enrollment practices and similar allegations surfaced at Toledo Public Schools and Lockland City Schools. The first phase of the audit revealed questionable practices at five school districts.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,600 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.