Carolyn M. Wells

A 5th grade teacher at Westside Leadership Magnet in 2008

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. Wells falls within the “less effective than average” category of district teachers in math and within the “average” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 102 students.

Because this is a statistical measure, each score has a degree of uncertainty. The shading represents the range of values within which Wells’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.

Wells' LAUSD teaching history

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

Carolyn Wells's Response:

My comments reflect a clarification of my time at the stated schools. At Saturn Elementary I came into the school mid year to replace a teacher who left and I did not teach while at Westside Leadership Magnet. I was at Westside Leadership Magnet as an interim Magnet Coordinator which is outside the classroom. I then returned to Saturn Street Elementary, once again mid year, to replace a teacher who moved on to another position within LAUSD. The scores for both 2005 and 2008 reflect 1/2 a year of the previous teacher's efforts and 1/2 a year from my efforts.



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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