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STATE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES POSTPONING LOCAL REPORT CARD RELEASE AS INVESTIGATION MOVES FORWARD

Release date: 8/20/2012

Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers recommended delaying the report card release due to an ongoing investigation by State Auditor Dave Yost into alleged irregularities in reporting student attendance. The Board will revisit the issue when it meets Sept. 10-11.

“The report cards are intended to give an accurate picture of how well schools are doing and they shouldn’t be released with a cloud hanging over their reliability,” Sawyers said. “Auditor Yost is expected to release his findings later in the fall and until those findings are out and any problems corrected, it would be irresponsible to issue report cards.”

The delay also will include the Sept. 1 release of the Performance Index rankings for each district, community school and STEM school.

The Board also agreed Monday that its Executive Committee will launch a nationwide search for a new State Superintendent. The committee will meet Aug. 23 to develop criteria for hiring a search firm. The Board also confirmed that Sawyers will continue to serve as Acting Superintendent under the terms of a succession plan that went into effect when Stan Heffner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, retired earlier this month.

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