MyNotes - Dead LA Teacher's Profile Still Available Online

The LA Times allows you to search teachers online and see what the graph looks like representing your "effectiveness" as a teacher. It's unbelievable that Rigoberto Ruelas'--who committed suicide--profile is still found in the database. You can see it online here.
"Student test scores are not reliable indicators of teacher effectiveness, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report, Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers.
Is this what public education has in store for teachers who choose to remain in spite of the politicking going on? In spite of the research that says test scores ARE NOT the final word?

Source: LA teacher who killed himself recalled as caring | Top AP Stories | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle:
SOUTH GATE, Calif. — Rigoberto Ruelas Jr. was considered much more than a fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School — he was a mentor to youth tempted to join gangs and a tireless booster that kids could make it to college.
But after a newspaper published a school district report that ranked Ruelas as a "less effective teacher" based on his students' test scores, colleagues saw him grow despondent.
On Sunday, his body was found at the foot of a remote forest bridge in what appears to be a suicide. Authorities are still investigating, but friends and colleagues suggest he was distraught over the teacher rating...The school was a big part of Ruelas' life. He lived just blocks away and started working there at age 22 as a teacher's aide. Four years later, he became a teacher. Over his 14-year teaching career, he had nearly perfect attendance, the district said. "We need more teachers like him," the district said in a statement.
The motive for Ruelas taking his own life is far from clear. But officials with the United Teachers Los Angeles union said he had been upset since August, when the Los Angeles Times published his district ranking as a "less effective" teacher based on his students' standardized English and math test scores.
Principal Martin Sandoval said many of Ruelas' former students told him they went to college because of his encouragement that they could do it.
"He came out of this community so he was more here than a teacher," Sandoval said. "There's no question he affected many lives."

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Richard Smith said…
Miguel,
In my opinion, evaluating teachers as ineffective because they failed to raise student scores on standardized tests without regard to the variety of constraints with which they work is pretty much like saying that soldiers who charged machine guns during World War One and failed to achieve the senior officers' objective of over running the enemy positions were ineffective and hence bad soldiers. Such a statement obviously would not make sense, since it was the poor planning, and bad orders, on the part of the officers that caused the soldiers to be unable to achieve the objective (and also be slaughtered of their efforts).

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