James A. Melin

A 3rd grade teacher at Seventy-Fifth 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. Melin 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 93 students.

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

Melin's LAUSD teaching history

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

James Melin's Response:

Didn't a teacher commit suicide after your report last year? Listen. I teach in an area of South Los Angeles that most of your readers wouldn't want to drive through. I work at a job that most of your readers wouldn't dare undertake because I am so under paid for what I do. I work for a district that has seen it fit to lay me off the past three years, only to re-hire me at the very last second. NOBODY WHO MATTERS GIVES A HOOT ABOUT YOUR RATING. Believe me, no parent of mine questions my ability to deliver the best education to their child. I will be receiving "thank-you" notes from many of my students when they are in college or are productive adults in society. At that time, my effectiveness as a teacher can be measured. I may, at that time, find you and send you some copies of such letters. By the way? How many "thank-you" letters do you estimate you will be receiving?

 

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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