District shares 2017-18 assessment results

Hermiston School District has received the 2017-2018 student achievement results, as released by Oregon Department of Education. Annually, the Smarter-Balanced assessment is administered in English language arts and mathematics, and science is administered through the OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) assessment. The Smarter-Balanced Assessment is administered to grades 3-8 and grade 11 in both English language arts and mathematics. Grades 5, 8, & 11 are administered the OAKS in science.

State assessment data shows nearly 55 percent of all assessed students met the proficiency standard for their grade level in English language arts and almost 41 percent in mathematics. Proficiency in the Science assessment was 62 percent.

At the elementary level for grades 3-5, 51 percent of all Hermiston students met the proficiency standard in English language arts, while 51 percent were proficient on the mathematics assessment. Sixty-three percent of fifth-grade students showed proficiency on the Science assessment.

Elementary school results:

Grade 3 – State Performance ELA (47%) Mathematics (46%)

                  HSD Performance ELA (47%) Mathematics (53%)

Grade 4 – State Performance ELA (49%) Mathematics (43%)

                  HSD Performance ELA (51%) Mathematics (52%)

Grade 5 – State Performance ELA (54%) Mathematics (39%) and Science (65%)

                  HSD Performance ELA (56%) Mathematics (49%) and Science (63%)

Middle school results:

At the middle school level for grades 6-8, 56 percent met the proficiency standard in English language arts and 41 percent of all Hermiston middle school students met the proficiency standard in mathematics. Seventy-nine percent of the 8th-grade students showed proficiency on the science assessment.

Grade 6 – State Performance ELA (52%) Mathematics (38%)

                 HSD Performance ELA (54%) Mathematics (46%)

Grade 7 – State Performance ELA (56%) Mathematics (41%)

                 HSD Performance ELA (56%) Mathematics (40%)

Grade 8 – State Performance ELA (56%) Mathematics (40%) and Science (60%)

                 HSD Performance ELA (57%) Mathematics (36%) and Science (79%)

Hermiston High School results:

At Hermiston High School, the district saw an increase in student achievement for both English language arts and mathematics for the third consecutive year.

Grade 11 – State Performance ELA (70%) Mathematics (33%) and Science (60%)

                   HSD Performance ELA (75%) Mathematics (33%) and Science (55%)

“We are pleased that our student achievement scores were higher at each grade level for grades 3-8 and grade 11 for English language arts and in six of the assessed grades for mathematics (with the exception of 5th grade which decreased 1 percent) than the previous school year,” said Assistant Superintendent Bryn Browning. “Last school year marked the implementation of a new science program for grades K-12 and a new math curriculum for grades K-5. It is possible to see an “implementation dip” with new curriculum adoptions; however, we are pleased with the student achievement results at the end of year one, which is a testament to a high level of implementation by our teachers.”

Students and families of current 4-9 and 12th graders will have access to individual student reports later this fall. Each student will receive a report for language arts and mathematics explaining the achievement score, along with strengths and weaknesses.

Hermiston School District has a focused strategic plan that promotes high levels of collaboration and increased academic rigor, as it serves students based on their strengths and needs. This strategic focus aligns finances and personnel resources to improve curriculum materials, enhance technology and refine instructional practices. The plan also has a component identifying “high levels of family and community partnerships” in order to bring families and educators together to collaboratively work in supporting student achievement.

As a parent and partner in a student’s education, the district encourages parents to discuss any questions they may have about their student’s achievement with the student’s teacher(s). Parents are also encouraged to learn how the parents can support a student’s learning at home.

Detailed state, district, and school reports can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Pages/Assessment-Group-Reports.aspx