Orli G. Wallace

A 3rd grade teacher at Ramona 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.

Math effectiveness

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English effectiveness

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About this rating

The red lines show The Times’ value-added estimates for this teacher. Wallace falls within the “average” category of district teachers in math and within the “average” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 17 students.

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

Wallace's LAUSD teaching history

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

Orli Wallace's Response:

I appreciate the spirit behind the L.A. Times' effort to rate teacher effectiveness. I think everyone would agree that our students deserve effective teachers. That being said, I hope the Times and the public take into account that reading, math, and learning English in LAUSD are required to be taught with heavily scripted and micro-managed politically correct textbook programs imposed by edict by principals and above, stifling teacher skill and creativity. This teaching is heavily policed. Supplementing with other, more academically effective materials is forbidden and punishable, and taught at the teacher's peril.
I'm disappointed that the Times overlooks additional measures of my effectiveness, e.g., parent satisfaction with my teaching; the progress in English of immigrant children in my classes; my work building up the self-esteem and self-confidence in my students that they can learn, because many of them come to me thinking they can't learn to read or compute; and my successes teaching academic subjects not covered on the standardized tests, i.e., social studies, science, health, music, art, and physical education.
I hope the Times and the public remember that we are teaching the whole child, including character education, and teachers ought to be evaluated -- and appreciated -- for this broad teaching, as well. -- Orli Wallace


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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