Laura S. Rodriguez

A 5th grade teacher at Harvard 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. Rodriguez falls within the “most effective” category of district teachers in math and within the “most effective” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 90 students.

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

Rodriguez's LAUSD teaching history

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

Laura Rodriguez's Response:

I must say that I am both pleased and satisfied with my rating result. It is unfortunate that many in my field see"value-added" rating along with any other critical look into our education system as an attack on teachers. I am an LAUSD teacher. I strive for excellence in my profession and set high standards for my students in academics and in behavior. I do not feel that analyzing data from standardized tests is an attack on me. Tests alone should not determine a teachers effectiveness, however it is a useful measurement that should be looked at, and has in the past been ignored. This is a great opportunity for the Los Angeles community to have a serious conversation about how we run our education system and how we value / assess our teachers. This data base is analyzing data that already existed. As far as "teaching to the test" (as many complain this type of rating encourages) I teach my grade level standards with deliberate planning and tremendous effort. I do not need to teach to a test, by the time my students take the test, they are more than prepared. As a result they pass and even excel. I aim to inspire my students to love reading and value their learning. That is not directly measured on this scale, but is somewhat reflected in our CST results. Every teacher should welcome self reflection and data is a useful tool for that. These tests are meaningful ways to identify where we as professionals are successful and where we are falling short. If we close the dialogue we do ourselves and our students a disservice.

 

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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Los Angeles Teacher Ratings, the Los Angeles Times' database of value-added scores for Los Angeles Unified elementary schools and teachers.
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