Mary Ann Debellefeuille
A 4th grade teacher at Amestoy 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, Debellefeuille ranked:
- Most effective overall.
- Most effective in math. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 11 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
- Most effective in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, gained about 7 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Debellefeuille's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Amestoy Elementary, 2009 - 2008, 2006 - 2003
Mary Debellefeuille's Response:
Personally (and rather secretly) I believe that publishing scores is a good thing. I have always done my best professionally. The lack of dedication to improvement that I see in my colleagues is frustrating to say the least, especially when I'm digging in with all my heart to constantly improve and respond to my students. I was curious to see where I fit on your scale. I think I'm an outstanding teacher, but I could have been wrong! So this validates my hard work. It also makes me want to improve my teaching in reading. We are public employees. I think that if you are doing the best that you can at your profession, then you should have nothing to hide and your work should be public. I've always had an open door policy. I never mind when I'm observed (which is frequently) and I never can understand my colleagues fear and nervousness regarding other teachers and administrators watching them. Come on over to my school and I'll show you some other outstanding teachers!
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.