Edward Eastman Sarnoff

A 4th grade teacher at Denker 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, Sarnoff ranked:

  • Average overall.
  • More effective than average in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 4 percentile points 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.

Sarnoff's LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Edward Sarnoff's Response:

These results reflect my students performance during my first five years of teaching in LAUSD starting in 2003. What I wish to share and what this value added survey neglects to measure are the individual results of how well my fourth graders performed specifically in 2009 and 2010. If we were evaluated by the last two years or hard work and dedication, my students achievement would exceed the most effective category. My philosophy is to make the classroom fun and inspire my students to read and learn. Currently, I am working on a Masters Degree in the Language Arts with an emphasis in Reading Instruction. In addition, I am completing a Supplementary Authorization in Math.

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