Based on data compiled from six years of graduates (from 2008-2013), Hermiston School District boasts nearly a nine percent increase over that span in senior accessions to two- and four-year colleges, where almost 56 percent of 2013 graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year program by spring 2014. This rate has increased notably faster for Hispanic students, at 19 percent, where the district has all but closed the Hispanic to Caucasian college-attending achievement gap; over 50 percent of all Hispanic graduates boasted college enrollment by spring term.
HSD contracts with Baker Evaluation Research Consulting, a.k.a The BERC Group, annually to draft a comprehensive report summarizing analyses of college enrollment and persistence data for Hermiston High School graduates. BERC compared Hermiston High School student graduation information with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) database to track graduates over the six year timeframe. NSC is a national repository of college student attendance created by colleges and universities to track students for financial aid reporting purposes.
“We are extremely proud of this data, and it is a testament to our dedicated staff and programs we have in place to support and emphasize the importance of post high school education,” noted Deputy Superintendent Smith. “If we continue to see the gains we have experienced over the last six years, we are well poised as an educational community to meet Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal by the year 2025, where 40 percent of graduates are expected to attain a four-year college degree, 40 percent a two-year or trade certificated credential, and the remaining 20 percent workforce ready.”
Another district accomplishment has been the increase in college-going culture for their students of poverty. Over the six year analysis, the district has fostered a thirteen percent increase, where just over half of the students of poverty attend post secondary schools after graduation.
Seniors graduating with “honors” diplomas are about 37 percent more likely attend college after graduation, than students graduating with a standard diploma.
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