Peter Stern

A 4th grade teacher at Angeles Mesa 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. Stern falls within the “most effective” 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 54 students.

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

Stern's LAUSD teaching history

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

Peter Stern's Response:

Teachers who have classes with a high percentage of English-language learners or children of college graduates are the ones who are most likely to see an impact on their score. I had neither a high percentage of ELL's or many children of college grads. I did have administrative interference as I did not teach to the LAUSD prescribed, scripted, daily lesson. It was my feeling that children deserved a well rounded approach to learning rather than the top down narrow lesson presentaion required by administrators.

Looks as though I did fairly well in spite of all the roadblocks.

 

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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