Brian Scott Holland
A 5th grade teacher at Walnut Park 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.
Compared with other Los Angeles Unified teachers on the value-added measure of test score improvement, Holland 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.
- More effective than average in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 2 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Holland's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Walnut Park Elementary, 2009 - 2007
Brian Holland's Response:
There needs to be a better way of evaluating a teacher’s true effectiveness in the classroom. A teacher disseminating information is one thing, but infinitely more important is nurturing a genuine desire within his or her students that will promote their own academic achievement and success. A teacher’s true effectiveness lies in their skill level, but it also depends on how much they genuinely care. We are dealing with human behavior and caring is part of the equation. When we learn to evaluate altruistic, philanthropic, and creative personalities within each teacher, we will better determine effectiveness. Until then, we will have to rely on the students’ post examination data, which is a partial indicator, but certainly not the whole story.
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.