Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he was hoping to have his investigation into attendance data-scrubbing by schools completed last December. Now, he says it's looking more like this summer before it's done.
Yost says the State Department of Education is "trying" to work with him but has yet to admit there's a problem with its school ratings system. He calls the current system "totally hosed" and says the State Department of Education should be working on how to re-engineer that system.
As an example, Yost says that when the department responds to attendance data submitted by the districts, it includes information spelling out how "this" attendance will affect your grade card "this" way. He says "it's a road map on how to cheat".
"When the roof blows off your house in a windstorm, you don't stare up at the sky.....you've got a problem....you don't need commission to study it, you need to put a new roof on the house", Yost says.