Looking at the LA Times Value Added rating, Aldama Elementary is ranked in the lower end of the Average spectrum. This tells me that most of the teachers simply produce students who perform at the anticipated levels. Based on this report, I would select either Sehee Kang or Stephanie Vaz. Both of these teachers scored as the most effective teachers in the school, in four of the last five years. The policy implications for this kind of information means there will be a greater level of accountability for not only producing acceptable test scores, but also helping children excel beyond whats anticipated. For parents, this gives even more information they can use to select the best school for their children. For schools, this could result in a hyper-focusing on test scores, with classes taught with increased test scores as a primary goal, as opposed to simply providing a well-rounded education a student can use in their future educational, professional and personal endeavors.
Table 1: Five-Year STAR Results
Achieve Academy, Alameda
Aviara Oaks, Carlsbad Unified
Alamo, San Francisco Unified
Arboga, Marysville Joint Unified
2009 STAR test results. (14 Jan 2010). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2009/SearchPanel.asp.
2010 STAR test results. (2010). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2010/Index.asp.
Aldama Elementary. (2010). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://projects.latimes.com/value-added/school/los-angeles/aldama-elementary/.
FAQ & about. (2010). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://projects.latimes.com/value-added/faq/#what_is_value_added.
STAR 2006 test results. (22 Sept 2006). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2006/viewreport.asp.
STAR 2007 test results. (8 Aug 2007). Retrieved 16 Nov 2010, from http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2007/viewreport.asp.
STAR 2008 test.