What can I expect my child to learn?
In 2010 the Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards which represent K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and Mathematics. These standards are the foundation of the Oregon diploma and guide Hermiston School District educators in what content and skills students are taught during each grade.
Below you will find parent guides that provide specific information regarding what you can expect your student to have the opportunity to learn in Language Arts and Mathematics in each grade throughout elementary school. This resource is provided by the National Parent-Teacher Association.
Resources from the Oregon Department of Education's approved curriculum list have been adopted to support instruction in multiple subject areas.
K-5 Literacy: Reading Wonders, published by McGraw-Hill
K-5 Mathematics: Ready Classroom Mathematics, published by Curriculum Associates
K-5 Literacy and Math Interventions: iReady Literacy and Math Instruction, created by Curriculum Associates
K-5 Science: Mystery Science, created by Mystery Science, Inc.
K-5 Health: The Great Body Shop published by the Children's Health Market (I need to redo the health page and will want to link it here when done
K-5 PE: SPARK, disseminated through Gopher Sports
K-5 English Language Learner Program: Systematic ELD, published by E.L. Achieve
Hermiston School District utilizes a balanced system of assessment that includes a continuum of tools and strategies that measure student learning. Assessment occurs at multiple levels and serve a variety of purposes.
State Level Assessments: Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing. This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.
Parents have the option to “opt out” their student from any of these required state assessments by completing the appropriate forms below. The forms can be emailed to email@example.com or printed and returned to the district office in care of assessment. HSD encourages parents to have a conversation with the classroom teacher or building administrator prior to opting your student out, to learn about the accommodations and/or more details about how the tests are administered.
Impacts of Opting Your Student Out -
District Level Assessments: These assessments monitor student academic growth across the district and help provide information regarding specific reading and math skills/standards students may be deficient. Targeted interventions are then prescribed to help students move towards grade level proficiency or to boost them to their next learning experience. These universal screenings are offered three times a school year: Fall, Winter and Spring.
Classroom Level Assessments: Educators administer “quick” checks for understanding along with end of unit assessments to monitor student understanding of concepts and skills in order to help with instructional decisions.