Hermiston School District Officials Pleased with Assessment Results

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Hermiston School District officials say they are pleased with state assessment scores released by the 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 and 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.”

Detailed state, district, and school reports can be found on the education department’s website.