Kathryn A. Eisenstein

A 3rd grade teacher at Carthay Center 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. Eisenstein falls within the “less 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 89 students.

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

Eisenstein's LAUSD teaching history

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

Kathryn Eisenstein's Response:

I wish you would have taken into consideration which children's parents are going through divorce, cancer treatments, and the like. I wish you would have included who didn't sleep well the night before, or forgot to eat breakfast the morning of testing. I wish you would have included behavioral problems that ceased because of a teacher's involvement. I wish that instead of lumping all LAUSD teachers in the same box of ability (or lack thereof), you would have taken into consideration teachers who have less than 20 children in their class because parents have actually pulled their child out of a particular classroom based on a particular teacher's inability to control students and educate them at the same time. I do the best I can, and on any given day results will be better or worse. I personally wish you would have included my second- and third-grade class scores, where most, if not all, my students scored proficient or advanced in math. This doesn't validate me nor my ability to teach -- it only validates this reporter's lack of insight into our profession.

 

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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