Patricia Ann Dant
A 5th grade teacher at Knollwood 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, Dant ranked:
- Less effective than average overall.
- Average in math. 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.
- Less effective than average in English. Students of teachers in this category, on average, lost about 3 percentile points on the California Standards Test compared with other students at their grade level.
Dant's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
- Knollwood Elementary, 2009, 2007 - 2005, 2003
Patricia Dant's Response:
I feel that I am an effective teacher and try to build confidence and encouragement to students to help empower their learning. Like all dedicated teachers, I know that I have room to improve. I am not sure exactly how to interpret these test results, and specifically, how I can apply them into the classroom. Without further explanation, guidance and discussion, these results do not provide anything to make improvements.
While I don't want to belabor the point, it is also important to take into consideration some of the realities of my classrooms. For example, did the results take into account that I had five student teachers during this time period, or that I had extra students in my classroom because of combination classes, or have changed grade levels many times and have taught all grades K - 5 because of seniority?
I think this is a good start to help teachers if it is used in a positive manner and we are able to provide teachers with the resources needed to make them better.
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.