Evelyn Tung Soo
A 5th grade teacher at Westminster 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.
Compared with other Los Angeles Unified teachers on the value-added measure of test score improvement, Soo 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.
Soo's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Westminster Avenue Elementary, 2009 - 2003
Evelyn Soo's Response:
Parts make a whole. A well rounded education develops the whole child. Only focusing on English and Math instruction the entire day does not provide for an encompassing well rounded curriculum. What parts are missing? Subjects such as History, Geography, Music, Art, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Science, and Technology. By teaching those subjects I am filling in the missing necessary parts of a child's knowledge. How can one ascertain teacher effectiveness based on testing two subjects out of the many others a child has learned in my classroom?
I address and nurture the social and emotional, as well as intellectual aspects of children. We need all three of those parts. How can the social and emotional growth in children from my classroom be measured? Paper and pencil testing does not determine that.
I teach and encourage a child to think out of the box, not how to fill in a circle with a pencil. By providing a well rounded education my students have the necessary knowledge and life skills they need to grow and succeed.
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