Melissa L. Corleto

A 4th / 5th split teacher at Westwood Elementary in 2009

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. Corleto 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 113 students.

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

Corleto's LAUSD teaching history

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

Melissa Corleto's Response:

I fully support teacher accountability, but by simply presenting only one measure of effectiveness, this system is presenting an incomplete assessment of a teacher. In addition to test scores, why not publish comments from parents, students, and administrators? These graphs do not represent the social and emotional gains that students have made, nor do they show the service learning, art, and music projects in which students participate. Finally, the numbers that are printed do not even reflect the students I actually taught. We divide our kids into math groups, so I did not teach my own (homeroom) students math. If this information is going to be printed publicly for parents, colleagues, and future employers to see, it should at least be accurate.

 

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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