A 3rd grade teacher at West Athens Elementary in 2008
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, Afzali ranked:
- Most effective overall.
- Most effective in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 11 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
- Most effective in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 7 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Afzali's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- West Athens Elementary, 2008 - 2003
Anne Afzali's Response:
This is only one piece of the puzzle, albeit one that has been missing for far too long. The ability to teach well is a complex matter; you need sensitivity and adaptability, tenacity and determination, empathy and kindness, brains and devotion - and that's just for starters!
Anne Afzali, Literacy Coach, Broad Avenue Elementary School, Wilmington
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