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Wed., 3:35pm: Urban schools target data system

September 26, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

COLUMBUS Ohio's eight largest big-city school districts say administration of a state computer system at the center of a statewide attendance-tampering investigation is riddled with deficiencies.

A new evaluation of the Educational Management Information System, or EMIS, by the influential ``Ohio 8'' and provided to The Associated Press highlights errors, delays, inconsistencies and a lack of training.

The districts are asking to work with the Ohio Department of Education to address problems they've experienced.

Participating districts are Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Akron, Canton and Youngstown.

Auditor Dave Yost is investigating allegations that certain Ohio districts might have manipulated data to boost performance ratings or employee bonuses.

Districts use the EMIS system to submit attendance data to the state as well as test scores, staff information, and financial reports.



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