2015 Hermiston School District Annual Report

Hermiston School District 305 SW 11th St.
Hermiston, OR 97838-1259
(541)667-6000
www.hermiston.k12.or.us
SUPERINTENDENT – Dr. Fred Maiocco For more district achievement data
including detailed demographic
information, please visit the
Oregon Department of Education Web site.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Dr. Fred Maiocco2015 was the first year in which Hermiston schools participated in the Smarter Balanced assessment. Like other schools across Oregon, the higher standards and rigor required of Common Core state standards represents a new baseline for Oregon. Students took the assessment in the spring of 2015 and their results were reported in September.
The new test is much different and requires a higher level of rigor and critical thinking than prior assessments. Here are a few important facts related to the new assessment.

  • Students and teachers are rising to the challenge of higher standards and their hard work is paying off. More students met Oregon’s college- and career-ready standard on new state tests than originally projected.
  • The online tests ask students to engage in new ways through interactive questions, multi-step problems, and student writing. These types of tests take longer than purely multiple choice tests, but they also provide more accurate information on student learning and are designed to be more engaging than previous state tests.
  • Students who receive a 3 or 4 on the test (on a 4-point scale) are considered on track to graduate high school ready for college and/or career. Scores in English and math are more detailed and able to highlight student’s strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Test results provide important feedback to students, parents, and educators. While they are only one measure of students’ academic success, this information allows parents and educators to address learning gaps early and better prepare students for success.
  • Because this is a new baseline for our state, we expect the percent meeting to increase in the coming years. In the past, when Oregon raised expectations, there was an initial drop in scores followed by an increase as students and teachers rose to the challenge of higher standards.
  • The transition to higher standards and new tests requires patience and persistence. Our educators will continue to focus on implementation of the standards and high-quality instruction.
  • Working to close the achievement gap is a top priority for Oregon. The standards and tests promote equity by ensuring all students, especially historically underserved students, are offered access to high-level content. No student will be held back a grade or kept from graduating based on the results of the tests.

Overall, Hermiston schools scored about the same as other schools across Oregon. We have much work ahead of us as we strive to become the premier public school district in the State of Oregon.

Thank you,
Superintendent | Dr. Fred Maiocco

District Goals Summary


Goal #1: Academic

Not determined: First year of SBAC
(new baseline for Oregon)

Goal #2: Fiscal

Met: Maintained Ending Fund Balance (EFB) greater than 8.0%

Goal #3: College Pregp

Not Met: Flat accessions year to year as measured by BERC study

District Goal #1

Annually, all schools will meet “on track” academic growth targets, as measured by the Oregon Department of Education (grades 3-11) and easyCBM assessment system (grades K-2).

Growth Model Details

  • Growth of low performing students is compared to that of other low performing students in the state.
  • Growth of high performing students is compared to that of other high performing students in the state.
  • Growth model applies to students in grades 4 to 8, and 11.
  • A growth percentile of 60 would mean the student’s growth was as high or higher than 60 percent of students with the same prior scores.

School Data

The U. S. Department of Education has given the State of Oregon approval to temporarily suspend the assignment of school ratings during the transition from the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to the new college and career readiness assessments. Schools did not receive an overall school rating for the 2014-15 school year from the Oregon Department of Education, previously reported on the rating details report, but schools will receive a new overall school rating on the 2015-16 rating details reports.

Following are rating scores and detail information, as last provided in 2013-14, by ODE.

District Goal #2

Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policies.

Background

Per Hermiston School District Board of Education Policy DA, the district is to “Maintain a minimum balance of eight percent of general fund actual ordinary revenues in fund balance, to include both reserved and unreserved fund balance amounts on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis.”

Data

A 2013-14 Financial Review revealed the following data:

  • Total General Fund Revenue: $43,488,853
  • 8% EFB Minimum Threshold: $3.4762M
  • Actual EFB (audited figure): $3.815M (8.11%)

View General Fund
Allocation Here!

Accomplishments

Hermiston School District realized the following accomplishments, relating to Goal #2:

  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Maintained accounting practices in accordance with the district’s AA- (“Double A Minus”) underlying bond credit rating
  • Ability to work with employee groups in negotiations to minimize current and future cost controls (employees agreeing to no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and mid-year step, sunset of the early retirement incentive)
  • Updated campuses with improved energy and cleaning efficiencies leading to decreased utility and maintenance costs

Action Plan

Going forward, Hermiston School District will take the following measures to address Goal #2:

  • Allow the Board to annually review and confirm and/or modify the financial parameters for the District
  • Continue to carefully monitor expense and revenue trends on a monthly basis
  • Continue to meet monthly with the Finance Committee
  • Continue to foster collaborative relationships with our employee groups
  • Continue to operate in a transparent and open fashion
  • Seek input and dialogue with our stakeholders and Budget Committee regarding proper stewardship of District resources
  • Analyze investment opportunities when appropriate
  • Continue to analyze every expenditure and employee hire


District Goal #3

Annually increase postsecondary accessions by 3 percent, as measured by the number of students choosing collegiate (two year or four year programs), vocational, apprenticeship or military training immediately following high school.

Background

  • Current Measurement Tool:
    Contract with BERC Group to perform a statistically reliable study. District now has two years of data.
  • Old Measurement Tool:
    Deputy Superintendent, High School Principal, and Project College Bound Coordinator developed an exit survey that was administered annually. Problem was that it was anecdotal and did not accurately reflect actual accession data.

Data

BERC Statistics – Baseline Data
Baseline Data Accomplishments
Baseline Data Challenges

Challenges

  • Always looking 1.5 years back to report fall and winter enrollments after students graduate (i.e. report provided in spring for previous year’s graduating class).

Action Plan

Going forward, Hermiston School District will take the following measures to address Goal #3:

  • Continue contracting with the BERC Group to analyze longitudinal data
  • Continue supporting high school counselors, Project College Bound, Pathways to Scholarships, and Generation College.
  • Continue utilizing the ASPIRE program (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone)
  • Support to Eastern Promise, College Pathways, Success 101