Anderson’s top educator said although some bright spots appeared in the latest ISTEP results, the city’s schools still need great improvement. Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Mikella Lowe, acknowledging that the latest scores fall far short of the state average. Districtwide, 55.6 percent of students passed the exam’s English portion and 58.5 percent passed the math section. That’s an increase from the 2000-2001 school year, when 47.9 percent passed the English exam and 48.3 passed the math, Lowe said. Anderson 10th-graders scored lower than their peers in other districts.