Beverly Sue Oyama

A 3rd grade teacher at Canterbury Avenue Elementary 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.

Overall value-added effectiveness

Math effectiveness

English effectiveness

Compared with other Los Angeles Unified teachers on the value-added measure of test score improvement, Oyama ranked:

  • Average overall.
  • Average in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, did not gain or lose significantly on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
  • Average in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, did not gain or lose significantly on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.

Oyama's LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Beverly Oyama's Response:

The LA Times and LAUSD have collaboratively demoralized and discouraged many honest and dedicated teachers. Posting the teacher effectiveness scores on the internet was disastrous and has irrevocably destroyed the dignity, self-respect , reputations, and even some careers of a myriad of remarkable, compassionate teachers who, for many years, have gone above and beyond the ringing of the last bell each school day in order to serve both their students and their school. It is especially insidious because the data was flawed in that the data collection was inconsistent and incomplete. The data analysis completely ignored pertinent factors that contribute to lower achievement such as the gross inequities in classrooms within each school .
In my case, I am apparently a “mediocre” teacher. I teach gifted and high achieving students and in addition to teaching the required standards, I invest much time planning a thoughtful, stimulating, balanced curriculum that supplements, challenges, and enriches my students. They are exposed to many areas of studies through differentiated instruction, and I can say that I am proud of my efforts and the benefits derived by my students. It has always been my goal to instill the love of learning in every student and to develop lifelong learners. For, without the love of learning, they can never reach their full potential.

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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