Lizeth M. Bendana

A 4th grade teacher at Middleton Street Elementary in 2006

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. Bendana 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 60 students.

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

Bendana's LAUSD teaching history

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

Lizeth Bendana's Response:

Instead of feeling defensive about not having a high score, I feel proud of what I was able to accomplish with those two groups of students. It was my first and only time teaching 5th grade in 04 and 4th grade in 05. The first year of any grade level can be overwhelming, but I was fortunate enough to have a great group of students both years. Many of the students and I, from both those years continue to stay in touch. Some of them have really blossomed into life long learners in their own right.
Data like this is just a tool for me to reflect on my teaching, it is not a complete survey of me as teacher. It doesn't make sense for people to perceive the value added scores as anything more than one form of data.

 

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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