Faye Boguille Ireland

A 5th grade teacher at Los Feliz Elementary in 2007

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, Ireland ranked:

  • Least effective overall.
  • Least effective in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, lost about 10 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.

Ireland's LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Faye Ireland's Response:

After forty-five (45) years of teaching for LAUSD, this is not an accurate picture of my teaching.

1. This rating is based on one per cent (1%) of my teaching career.
2. It only includes twelve per cent (12%) of the students I taught.
3. Over one thousand, two hundred (1,200) students are not included.
4. I am retired and there is nothing that can be done for future
educational years.
5. During my last two years of teaching, a new "rookie" principal was
assigned to Los Feliz. She did not allow me to use my previously
successful methods.

Perhaps your next data base could show schools with their API scores
and name the principals for each school.

It could look something like this.

API-LOS FELIZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Year API Change Principal
2002 701 (N. A.) Castaneda
2003 753 +52 Castaneda
2004 775 +22 Castaneda
2005 788 +23 Castaneda
2006 779 -9 Pilkington
2007 770 -9 Pilkington

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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