Dawn M. Garcia

A 4th grade teacher at Woodland Hills 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. Garcia falls within the “more effective than average” category of district teachers in math and within the “most effective” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 188 students.

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

Garcia's LAUSD teaching history

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

Dawn Garcia's Response:

I am extremely cognizant of state testing, but I highly value creativity, the ability to work well with others, scientific thinking, and effective writing on a daily basis in my classroom even more. As such, the measure of my worth as a teacher is limited using only this data. Traditionally, about two thirds of my incoming students earn a perfect score on their third grade math CST. Even if I were to be able to sustain their perfect score with the increasingly difficult fourth grade math concepts and practically doubled class size, I could only be an ineffective teacher by this rating scale for these students. Without an actual increase in CST scores, the results are poor; no credit is given for maintaining a perfect score. This, and other inadequacies, should be addressed in the evaluation process. However, I do help my students become independent thinkers able to prove with evidence. They become increasingly well-rounded in reading, writing, math, history and science. They learn to become conscientious students in charge of their own progress at school. Our learning, and my capability as a teacher, is much more than what is revealed by this data. I am proud of what we accomplish every day.

 

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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