Teachers database worth 1.4 million page views for LAT

The Los Angeles Times's controversial database rating LAUSD teachers based on test scores has been a big online traffic draw. Database editor Doug Smith says that 150,000 unique visitors have checked out the "value added" data, and the feature has generated about 1.4 million page views. Also, the project was paid for in part with a $15,000 grant from the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization based at Columbia University's Teachers College, says the Nieman Journalism Lab.

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