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Final AttendanceAudit 02112012

Final AttendanceAudit 02112012

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Ohio Auditor's report on School Attendance Audit
Ohio Auditor's report on School Attendance Audit

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Statewide Audit ofStudent Attendance Dataand Accountability System
February 11, 2013Dave YostOhio Auditor of State
 
On the Cover: Engraved phrase rom theThomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.
 
To the People o the State o Ohio:In response to reports o irregular student attendance, enrollment and withdrawal practices within multiple schooldistricts and a statewide concern over the integrity o the Ohio Department o Education’s (ODE) accountability andreporting system, the Auditor o State’s Oce completed an audit in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section117.11. This audit includes an objective review and assessment o ODE’s accountability policies, procedures and data,and local school district attendance, enrollment, withdrawal and reporting practices.This nal report includes an executive summary, project history, scope, objectives, methodology, and summary o theaudit. It also provides the results o the assessments and corrective action recommendations.This engagement is not a nancial or perormance audit, the objectives o which would be vastly dierent. Thereore,it is not within the scope o this work to conduct a comprehensive and detailed examination o local school report cardsor Ohio’s accountability system. Additionally, certain inormation included in this report was derived rom ODE,Inormation Technology Center (ITC), and school district Student Inormation Systems (SIS), which may not be com-pletely accurate. More than 260 AOS auditors were assigned to this engagement over the course o the audit and, as o February 4, 2013, the audit cost was $443,099 and total audit hours were 10,807.This report has been provided to the ODE and its results were discussed with the schools selected or testing. ODEis encouraged to use the results o this review as a resource in improving its accountability guidance and compliancemonitoring. Additional copies o this report can be requested by calling the Clerk o the Bureaus oce at (614) 466-2310 or tollree at (800) 282-0370. In addition, this report can be accessed online through the Auditor o State o Ohio website athttp://www.ohioauditor.gov  by choosing the “Audit Search” option.Sincerely,Dave Yost Auditor o StateFebruary 11, 2013

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