A 3rd grade teacher at Dayton Heights 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, Verduzco ranked:
- Least effective 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.
- Least effective in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, lost about 7 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Verduzco's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Dayton Heights Elementary, 2009 - 2003
Enrique Verduzco's Response:
To use 1 test to judge teachers is flat wrong. I have a Bclad credential and class and usually split up by ELL level. Every year I was given classes with the lowest ELL levels. Historically speaking, 2nd grade scores are usually high and dip in 3rd grade. 3rd is where students are required to go from concrete thinking pattern to more abstract and critical thinking pattern that many times require more than 180 to master. The scores then go up in 4th grade after students have time to ajdust to new expectations in thinking, as they gain more english.
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