Alan G. Aymie
A 5th grade teacher at YES Academy 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 2002-03 through 2008-09 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.
Compared with other Los Angeles Unified teachers on the value-added measure of test score improvement, Aymie ranked:
- Less effective than average overall.
- Less effective than average in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, lost about 4 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
- Less effective than average in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, lost about 3 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Aymie's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- YES Academy, 2009 - 2004
Alan Aymie's Response:
I was disappointed to learn that my scores were a few points below average (2 - 4 points). I must admit I anticipated a better score however I don't mind that they are making the scores public as I have never placed as much (comparatively speaking) emphasis on standardized test scores as the LAUSD itself.
I do believe there are qualities, factors and other results that go into effective teaching that are far less quantitatively measured. This summer, I have run into or been contacted by three former students. They are all doing well, have good memories of their year in my class and expressed gratitude for my preparing them for middle school. I will place my emphasis on that and not a convoluted percentile score.
I will say that I applaud the further investigation into our failing schools and believe that any infringement on the part of our union is a mistake. History is filled with examples of the greater majority trying to restrain the minority - it has always failed. The desire to obscure or conceal is only caused by the thoughts of inadequacy or imperfection. Let us collectively, "Lift the Educational Rug" off all that has been swept under it by our by politicians, union presidents and administrators.
Our educational system is simply a mirror of our social system - the quicker light is brought to this reality - the better.
Thank you for your investigative diligence.
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