R J. Ricard

A 3rd grade teacher at Germain Street 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.

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About this rating

The red lines show The Times’ value-added estimates for this teacher. Ricard falls within the “most effective” category of district teachers in math and within the “average” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 117 students.

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

Ricard's LAUSD teaching history

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

R Ricard's Response:

Although my scores in these areas of your data were both listed in the most effective range the first time they were printed and are still better than much of your new data, I strongly feel that you are doing a disservice to the teaching profession. You correctly stated above that these scores "capture only one aspect of a teacher's work", yet you give the public the idea that teaching is only about passing tests. This is all that education has become, passing tests. There is no mention about our many other responsibilities in teaching children, like teaching values for example. It makes me realize that most critics of education today have likely never been in a classroom or spent much time there. I taught for 31 years before retiring last year & I can tell you that the children coming into schools today have many issues they didn't have in past years. They are just reflecting our societies issues. By the way, why is parent accountablity rarely mentioned by critics? Are there lazy teachers out there not doing their jobs adequately? A small percentage that needs to get out of the profession. But if one thinks that every classroom is comprised of only average & above-average learners eager to learn, he/she has a lot to learn about education today. The whole system has to change & those supposedly in charge, don't get it. Making education all about testing is NOT the answer.

 

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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