After the incident, Schweich ordered attendance records included in future routine reviews. A spokesman said that’s not turned up any further irregularities.
With a Texas scandal involving the El Paso Independent School District, attendance manipulation turned criminal.
In October, former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud in a scheme to bolster standardized test scores by getting rid of students likely to fail.
Garcia helped orchestrate a scheme that prevented low-performing students from taking the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam in the 10th grade because its results counted toward state and federal ratings. Some students were held back in the ninth grade or pressured to drop out and take the GED elsewhere. Others were threatened with fines for living outside the district.
The FBI continues to investigate, with six other people implicated so far in the scandal. State education officials have placed the district on probation and named a new district board of trustees.
After allegations of grade tampering at Douglass Mid-High School, the Oklahoma City Public Schools asked an investigator to explore ‘‘whether grade tampering and attendance inflation occurred with the intent of fraudulently obtaining additional funding or personal incentives.’’
Inaccurate attendance records were found, but no fraud aimed at financial gain.
The probe did cite ‘‘extreme measures’’ taken by building leaders to cover up unethical practices, including manipulation of enrollment and attendance records to reflect students had completed courses that they hadn't. Douglass Principal Brian Staples was placed on administrative leave and later resigned.
When Arizona Auditor General Debbie Davenport’s ‘‘limited reviews’’ uncovered inaccuracies in attendance data reporting in 2006, she recommended a system to ensure data accuracy followed by adjustments to local district payments from the $5 billion in federal and state dollars the department controlled. No one was accused of wrongdoing.
Associated Press writers Will Weissert in Austin, Texas, and David Lieb in Jefferson City, Mo., contributed to this report.