A 4th grade teacher at Sunrise 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, Garcia 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.
Garcia's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Sunrise Elementary, 2009 - 2003
Miguel Garcia's Response:
I was not surprised by my value added measure simply because at Sunrise it has been our practice to view our incoming students' prior year's test scores at the onset of the new school year and then again after in the following school year. When Jason Song came to our school he stated that he was there to research why it was that our school compared to others of similar backgrounds was outperforming them. Jason Song was interested in researching what successful teachers have in common. Furthermore, Jason said that--without mentioning names--are there teachers here at your school who you believe are not good teachers ? Frankly, I said, " Jason, of course there are some that might need to improve, but, lets be clear, in any profession there are those that need to improve. There are doctors, lawyers, etc. that need to improve. Do you think that I think that every writer for the Los Angeles Times is a good writer ?" Are public servants such as police officers and doctors job performances going to be made public?
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.