State assessment data shows that nearly 56 percent of all assessed students in the Hermiston School District met the proficiency standard for their grade level in English language arts and almost 44 percent in mathematics.
The district received the 2018-2019 student achievement results from the Oregon Department of Education. Annually, the Oregon Student Assessment is administered in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 11 through OSAS (Oregon Student Assessment System).
Elementary school results:
At the elementary school level, students in the Hermiston School District performed above the state average in English language arts in 3rd and 5th grades. Students in Hermiston also outperformed the state average in mathematics at all grade levels.
- State Performance ELA (46%) Mathematics (46%)
- HSD Performance ELA (48%) Mathematics (52%)
- State Performance ELA (49%) Mathematics (43%)
- HSD Performance ELA (45%) Mathematics (46%)
- State Performance ELA (54%) Mathematics (37%)
- HSD Performance ELA (56%) Mathematics (50%)
Middle school results
At the middle school level, students in the Hermiston School District performed above the state average in ELA at all grades. Students in the 6th and 7th grade in Hermiston performed above the state average in mathematics.
- State Performance ELA (51%) Mathematics (37%)
- HSD Performance ELA (59%) Mathematics (49%)
- State Performance ELA (54%) Mathematics (40%)
- HSD Performance ELA (58%) Mathematics (43%)
- State Performance ELA (53%) Mathematics (38%)
- HSD Performance ELA (57%) Mathematics (35%)
Hermiston High School results
At Hermiston High School, the district saw an increase in student achievement English language arts, significantly outperforming the state average.
- State Performance ELA (66%) Mathematics (32%)
- HSD Performance ELA (75%) Mathematics (30%)
“We are pleased that our student achievement scores at each grade level for grades 3-8 and grade 11 for English Language Arts and Mathematics (with the exception of 4th grade) maintained from the previous school year.” said Assistant Superintendent Bryn Browning. “While we want to celebrate all of the really great work happening in the Hermiston School District, this data provides us with a broad picture of where we need to provide support and resources.”
This school year marks the second year of Hermiston’s Newcomer Program for students who have been in the United States less than one school year, with little to no English. This program for grades 3-12, has expanded this year to three sites and the primary focus is on language acquisition which provides the foundation of skills to then begin accessing the rigorous content necessary for graduation.
Another change this school year is the addition of Scott Depew as the director of secondary instruction. Depew will focus on increasing the number of middle school and high school students on track for graduation by working with teachers and principals to ensure standards and curriculum alignment at the secondary level. Alongside him will be instructional coaches, former teachers who are trained with strategies to assist teachers in instructional design and delivery.
Students and families of current 4-9 and 12th graders will have access to individual student reports later this fall through PowerSchool. 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.
Detailed state, district, and school reports can be found online.