Claudia Cristin Williams

A 4th grade teacher at San Fernando 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, Williams 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.

Williams' LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Claudia Williams's Response:

I would like to note that I was on maternity leave the 2008-2009 as well as 2005-2006 school years. I contacted the LA Times several times to relay this information. However, I still see that I am being evaluated from 2004-2009. In 2007 97% of my students improved on the CST in Language Arts, and in 2008 75% improved. I know this because we always made it a point to evaluate our test scores to see how we can better meet the needs of our students. Many of our students faced academic challenges, but I am proud of the progress we made. SFES made so much progress, that we are now out of PI status. This is all due to the hard work of the students, teachers, parents and the outstanding leadership of our school.

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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