COLUMBUS, Ind. — School accountability report card grades for Bartholomew County schools slid lower this year as sinking ISTEP+ test scores dragged down local letter grades.

Seven of the 11 Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. elementary schools dropped at least one grade lower in the Indiana Department of Education’s A-F Accountability scores for 2017. Mt. Healthy, Richards, CSA – Fodrea, Taylorsville and Southside elementary schools all dropped one grade level, while Clifty Creek and Schmitt dropped from a B grade in 2016 to a D grade this year, according to the state.

BCSC’s two high schools held their grades steady from last year, with Columbus North High School at an A and Columbus East High School at a B. Central and Northside middle schools dropped from a grade of B last year, to a grade of C in 2017.

“At the end of the day, it’s the ISTEP scores,” BCSC Superintendent Jim Roberts said. “We’re going to drill down into this data and find opportunities for improvement.” 

Read more in Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.