Mary Clare Rodriguez

A 4th grade teacher at Walnut Park 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, Rodriguez 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.
  • 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.

Rodriguez's LAUSD teaching history

2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years

Mary Rodriguez's Response:

Thank you for the personal feedback, but I still object to the publication of specific teacher's scores. When I have done well for my students, it is because of my colleagues and the work we do together in planning and analyzing data. At my school, we work together as a team. No teacher is an island and no success I have achieved with a student is due solely to my own efforts. When a student has done well, it is because of my work along with the previous teachers, my grade level colleagues, the parents, the administration and other staff.

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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