LA teacher’s suicide linked to ratings

The apparent suicide of a Los Angeles teacher may be linked to the Los Angeles Times’ value-added ratings. Rigoberto Ruelas, 39, a fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School,  was rated “less effective than average” with average value-added scores in English and below-average scores in math.

A teacher for 14 years, Ruelas was stressed by work and upset by his scores, relatives told KABC-TV.

About Joanne


  1. Sadder still is the fact blog posts have emerged ridiculing the notion that this teacher’s suicide could have been motivated by the value-add database. I wrote about just one such post recently but there are quite a quite a few.

  2. Just as with all the other highly publicized suicides that were supposedly caused by various events (facebook harassment, etc), the attempt to use the suicide to attack the value-added ratings trivializes the suffering that the suicide victims felt prior to killing themselves.
    No one commits suicide based solely upon a single negative event… it is the result of a cascade of events or conditions that leave the victim feeling as if they have no other way out. Mental illness, tragic loss, isolation, abuse, and others weaken the person’s will to live until just about any negative event will trigger the suicide, whether its a bad job evaluation or the cancellation of a favorite TV series. The damage was done long before the suicide.


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Joanne Jacobs, ChristineMM. ChristineMM said: RT @JoanneLeeJacobs: New blog post: LA teacher's suicide linked to ratings […]

  2. R.T.T.T. stress — and more…

    Saw this story over at Joanne Jacobs’ edu-blog: An elementary school teacher from South Gate who mysteriously disappeared last week was found dead about 9 a.m. Sunday in the Angeles National Forest, authorities have confirmed. The Coroner confirmed th…

  3. […] RTTT appears to have claimed it’s first suicide victim Posted on October 1, 2010 by kilroysdelaware LA teacher’s suicide linked to ratings […]