- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s top public schools official says he supports tough accountability for schools and is disappointed flawed charter-school sponsor evaluations went out under his watch.

Superintendent Richard Ross spoke to The Associated Press about thousands of documents the Department of Education released Thursday involving former School Choice Director David Hansen.

Hansen resigned in July after acknowledging he omitted failing grades of online and dropout-recovery schools from the evaluations so poor marks wouldn’t “mask” successes elsewhere. The evaluations were retracted.

Ross said he didn’t know all the details involved in Hansen’s project. He said the department is putting safeguards in place to prevent similar actions in the future.

In an emailed statement, Hansen said he believed consensus on implementation of his evaluation system was reached. He said he never specifically briefed Ross.

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