Todd S. Lesner

A 5th grade teacher at Westminster Avenue Elementary in 2007

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. Lesner falls within the “less effective than average” category of district teachers in math and within the “most effective” category in English. These ratings were calculated based on test scores from 71 students.

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

Lesner's LAUSD teaching history

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

Todd Lesner's Response:

I think that these ratings are inaccurate and somewhat amusing for the following reasons:
I have been a teacher at Westminster Elementary and Westminster Computer/Math Magnet for 30 years, the past 4 years spent as the Magnet Coordinator. During my teaching years at Westminster,
including the one year that I have been listed as a 5th grade teacher (2007) I worked in a departmentalized program where my students went to another teacher for math instruction, while I taught other subjects, including Language Arts. Therefore, my value added score (as well as all the other teachers teaching in this or any departmentalized program) can't possibly tell the whole picture, or the correct picture of what kind of teacher I am, or they are.


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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