Carmel M. Miller

A 5th grade teacher at Grape Street Elementary in 2010

These graphs show a teacher's "value-added" rating based on his or her students' progress on the California Standards Tests in math and English. The Times’ analysis used all valid student scores available for this teacher from the 2003-04 through 2009-10 academic years. The value-added scores reflect a teacher's effectiveness at raising standardized test scores and, as such, capture only one aspect of a teacher's work.

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About this rating

The red lines show The Times’ value-added estimates for this teacher. Miller falls within the “most effective” category of district teachers in math and within the “less effective than average” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 149 students.

Because this is a statistical measure, each score has a degree of uncertainty. The shading represents the range of values within which Miller’s actual effectiveness score is most likely to fall. The score is most likely to be in the center of the shaded area, near the red line, and less likely in the lightly shaded area. Teachers with ratings based on a small number of student test scores will a have wider shaded range.

The beige area shows how the district's 11,500 elementary school teachers are distributed across the categories.

Miller's LAUSD teaching history

Years used for value-added rating. See FAQ for details.

Carmel Miller's Response:

I work very hard to give my students a California standards-based education. I believe I DO give them "value" that cannot be measured by a statistical graph. This value-added system does not reflect ALL that I give them. I do not merely teach to "the test" as many teachers do, but I bring music, art, drama, social studies, health, and life skills into the classroom. This will enable them to grow up to be well-rounded and productive members of society. Question: Does the value-added rating system take the attendance of the student into consideration? Unfortunately, the school where I teach has high absenteeism and tardiness. Needless to say, this also effects academic progress, and should be taken into consideration, if it is not already. Additionally, we deal with behavioral problems on a daily basis. This leads to constant classroom disruptions that stop the flow of instruction, and impede student learning.

Thanks for reading my comments. Undoubtedly, we all want what's best for the students of California.

Carmel Miller

 

The Times gave LAUSD elementary school teachers rated in this database the opportunity to preview their value-added evaluations and publicly respond. Some issues raised by teachers may be addressed in the FAQ. Teachers who have not commented may do so by contacting The Times.

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