Willson Estuard Aguilar
A 5th grade teacher at Ricardo Lizarraga 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, Aguilar 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.
Aguilar's LAUSD teaching history
2002-03 through 2008-09 academic years
Willson Aguilar's Response:
I believe that any student from any background can achieve great things. I teach at South Central Los Angeles where crime, divorce and chaos exist, however, there is no excuse for failure. I come to work everyday expecting the best from each individual and the students know that. I challenge them to the limits and they respond to the challenge. My students know I care for them, and that I respect them as people.
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.