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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

An investigation into improper attendance reporting to the state by Toledo Public Schools has been forwarded to the state's Professional Conduct office. The Ohio Department of Education said Monday that the committee will investigate whether any licensed professionals participated in the so called "scrubbing" of student data. The state says any licensed professional who participated in the practice could face sanctions or even lose his or her teaching license.

The state has been looking into allegations Toledo Public Schools, along with several other Ohio districts, removed students from their rolls in order to receive better scores on state report cards.

On Monday, the state said a review of 614 Toledo student records revealed 425 had been improperly withdrawn from the district's records.

"Misreporting of attendance data or ‘scrubbing' jeopardizes the entire accountability system in Ohio and will not be tolerated. These actions will be investigated and may result in professional conduct sanctions up to and including suspension or revocation of licensure," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross.

Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant released the following statement on the matter Monday:

Toledo Public Schools is aware of the most recent report from the Ohio Department of Education regarding their investigation into the accuracy of student attendance records. District representatives have cooperated fully during this two-year inquiry and will continue to do so as we enter this next phase.

Through an internal review of our practices, we have taken numerous steps to centralize and streamline the student registration and withdrawal process. TPS has also expanded our partnership with the Juvenile Courts and established a program that is focused on reducing truancy. This step along with the work our graduation coaches continue to provide to decrease absentee rates in our high schools are all positive steps toward ensuring that all TPS students are college and career ready graduates.

Click here to read the state's full statement released Monday.

Related: Ohio districts face sanctions in school data probe

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