Leah Dawnette Joubert

A 5th grade teacher at Caroldale Learning Community 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, Joubert 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.
  • 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.

Joubert's LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Leah Joubert's Response:

My original comment was not posted. It is my hope that this one will be. I am extremely sad by this rating. There are multiple factors that make an effective teacher, and I hope that former and current students take this into consideration. This “study” did not take into account the fact that, statistically, it is NORMAL for 5th grade scores to go down. As a result, most 5th grade teachers will be at the lower end of the spectrum; not because their teaching is ineffective, but because of the multiple standards that are to be learned that academic year. Additionally, I was on maternity leave for half of two of these school years. I don’t feel that my substitute teachers’ results should count as my scores, but they do (according to LA Times) because I was still the “contracted teacher.” It saddens me that the career that I love is being called into question this way. I have dedicated the last 10+ years to earning my credential and teaching because I love children and I hope to make the future of this country brighter. Each morning when I go to work, I keep in mind that I am responsible for the education of the young people in my care. I work diligently to teach the standards and address the multiple learning styles of the diverse children in my classroom. I am always open to collaboration with coworkers and professional development. I teach because I love to learn, and I hope to instill that love in the future generations. I am deeply insulted that I am now branded as a “less effective than average” teacher based on half truths and sensationalism.

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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Los Angeles Teacher Ratings, the Los Angeles Times' database of value-added scores for Los Angeles Unified elementary schools and teachers.
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