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According to a note from Marianne Mottley, director of the office of accountability for ODE, about 140 high school graduates in multiple schools around the state had not been properly counted, including a small number from Dayton Public Schools.
“You had some kids whose status changed right at the end of the year,” Mottley wrote to the district. “When you reported their diploma, it didn’t get recorded in our system. It was our error, not yours.”
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Mottley said for both Stivers and DPS as a whole, the five-year graduation rates had been right on the cusp of moving up a grade level, so adding in those few students made the difference.