The Ohio state auditor has established a hotline for Columbus school employees to report incidences of attendance data being altered to boost state report card numbers.
State Auditor Dave Yost said the hotline will allow more secure reporting of information without fear of reprisal.
Columbus is one of three Ohio school districts targeted by state investigations into enrollment and attendance practices. The others are the Lockland School District in the Cincinnati area and Toledo Public Schools.
The Columbus superintendent said the district has identified 81 students whose records were altered without documentation. She said state and internal auditors were reviewing other student records that have been changed over the years.