[caption id="attachment_121226" align="alignleft" width="150"] Temptations toward attendance data "scrubbing" can include rosier district report cards, added state or federal funding, and employee bonuses.[/caption]

A former superintendent went to prison in Texas for conspiring to remove low-performing students from classrooms to boost average test scores. Principals in Oklahoma and Missouri are out of their jobs after attendance-related scandals.

In Ohio, a recent state audit uncovered nine districts that withdrew students retroactively or improperly reported they were attending alternative programs. In one instance, Auditor Dave Yost said, a district ignored state rules "because [it]...

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