Miguel Aguilar was cited as among L.A. Unified’s most effective in an L.A. Times article on the ‘value-added’ evaluation method. Since then, many at his Pacoima school have adopted his methods. But budget cuts threaten his job.
Los Angeles school district leaders are poised to plunge ahead with their own confidential ‘value-added’ ratings this spring, saying the approach is far more objective and accurate than any other evaluation tool available, despite its complexity.
Years-long efforts to improve Markham Middle School in Watts included changing the curriculum, reducing class sizes and requiring uniforms. But real progress occurred when more effective teachers were brought in.
After the budget ax fell, hundreds of the district’s most promising new instructors were laid off. Campuses in poorer areas — such as Liechty Middle School in the Westlake neighborhood — were disproportionately hurt.