Denise A. Noah

A 4th grade teacher at Los Feliz 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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English effectiveness

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About this rating

The red lines show The Times’ value-added estimates for this teacher. Noah falls within the “more effective than average” category of district teachers in math and within the “more effective than average” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 164 students.

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

Noah's LAUSD teaching history

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Denise Noah's Response:

I agree that our school system needs reform. With a greater than 30% drop out rate and more than 50 % of students failing to reach proficiency according to CST measurements, something needs to be changed.

What the LA Times rating system fails to consider is that the teachers being evaluated are using a "scripted" program called Open Court, and that most teachers have principals who require them to rigidly follow the script. Aren't these scores more a reflection of the fact that this "scripted" program has failed 60% of students and that principals and the district need to allow teachers to teach more effectively?

The LA Times ran an article about a Pacoima teacher who is "highly effective" and is sharing his methodologies with his peers. I can guarantee that his techniques are not in the Open Court Teacher's Guide and that many principals would reprimand a teacher for using them because they are not part of the "scripted program". I also know that Wonderland, one of the highest ranking schools, does not follow the Open Court program. When is someone going to see that the emperor has no clothes?


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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