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Teachers debate Times' release of more value-added scores

May 8, 2011 |  1:41 pm

The Times on Sunday posted the value-added ratings for about 11,500 teachers of the third, fourth and  fifth grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The release was met with mixed reaction from teachers.

"Being a relatively new teacher, I welcome feedback that will help me to adjust my teaching to best fit my students' needs," said Amy Miller, who has taught fifth grade at Park Western Place Elementary in San Pedro, one of about 140 teachers to write comments in the database. "It is, however, only one data point."

Others denounced the newspaper, calling its statistics "invalid" and its ratings "a scarlet letter."

"Once again you have violated the right to privacy of thousands of teachers," wrote Patricia Hill, who has taught at Windsor Hills Math Science Aerospace Magnet School.

The new ratings reflects changes in the way the scores were calculated and displayed. Overall ratings for about 470 schools also are included in the release, which is based on student standardized test scores from the academic years 2003-04 through 2009-10.

Check out The Times' value-added ratings.