James Andrew Melin
A 3rd grade teacher at Seventy-Fifth Street 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, Melin ranked:
- 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.
- More effective than average in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 2 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Melin's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Seventy-Fifth Street Elementary, 2009 - 2007
James Melin's Response:
Interesting. My data shows the opposite; that I was more effective in mathematics than Language Arts. Regardless, I am pleased that you are attempting to rate teachers based on more than just CST data. However, the limitations you have stated (the complexity of the underlying statistical models)renders your assessment of effectiveness to the aforementioned "interesting" category in my book. Your measure cannot begin to accurately measure my effectiveness as a teacher considering the personal home lives of many of the students I am severely dedicated to in the area of town that I serve. Please keep trying!
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