More local students passed the ISTEP this year, relieving some of the concerns local school officials had raised about the accuracy of the scores.
Students passed both the English and math sections of ISTEP at a higher rate at 17 of Johnson County’s 29 public schools. Students’ overall passing rates increased for four school districts — Clark-Pleasant, Edinburgh, Franklin and Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson — while the percentage of Center Grove students who passed held steady. The passing rate for students fell slightly at Greenwood, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education.
Some of the county’s biggest improvement came from elementary schools in Franklin. Webb Elementary School’s passing rate on both exams jumped 10 percentage points from last year, and Creekside Elementary School’s passing rate for both tests was up 9 percentage points. Those are the highest scores for both elementary schools since before 2011, according to the department of education data.