A state audit shows that Clayton County, Ga., school officials did not intentionally falsify attendance records, but it recommends tighter security and better record-keeping, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. State officials turned the audit over to school officials and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Aug. 7. SACS requested the audit after allegations that Clayton school staff altered records to increase student attendance and asked students to stay home on exam days to improve scores, said Jennifer Rippner Buck, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. "We checked out those leads from SACS and did not find any evidence that there was an intent to defraud or commit fraud with attendance records," Buck said. However, auditors with the governor’s office and PM Investigations, a private computer forensics firm, found inconsistencies in how the school system collects and reports student data. It also found problems with security, limited oversight from school administrators, and overwhelmed staff who sometimes made mistakes…

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