Monica Maravilla

A 5th grade teacher at Telfair Avenue Elementary in 2008

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. Maravilla falls within the “least effective” category of district teachers in math and within the “least effective” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 45 students.

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

Maravilla's LAUSD teaching history

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

Monica Maravilla's Response:

Had I been given autonomy to teach in a manner that I thought was to the best interest of my students, this rating would reflect differently. I used a scripted program for Language Arts, a pacing plan for math and science, and standardized testing for all three content areas. I was not allowed to use primary language texts to allow English language learners access to content curricula, I was not allowed to use different textbooks for different reading levels. In short, differentating for students was made extremely hard. In summary, I do not mind my "least effective" label. I see it as a validation of my opinion that LAUSD does leave some children behind. Label me what you wish, just fix a system that is largely broken. I taught with great individuals and I am proud of the efforts we all exhibited. I left LAUSD to teach for the Department of Defense. I am now happy to be able to finally teach to the best of my abilities. DoDDS trusts me to teach in a manner that is best for each individual child. LAUSD, please trust your teachers and let them teach. Teachers, do not worry about the label. It is a reflection of LAUSD policies and mandates. Parents and students, let teachers know how you feel about them.

 

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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