ITHACA, NY – It may be getting knocks for how well it compensates its teachers, but the Ithaca City School District ranked highly in terms of “teacher support” according to a report compiled by Teacher.org.

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Teacher support, in this context, is measured by three metrics: the ratio of students to teachers, support staff to teachers, and student proficiency in both math and reasoning through language arts.

ICSD ranked sixth on the list out of 383 school districts in New York. It was the only Upstate NY to rank in the top 20 — all the other schools topping the list are located in suburbs of New York City and on Long Island.

According to the report, the district has over 5,200 students and employs more than 475 teachers to meet instructional need, giving it a ration of a ratio of about 11 students per teacher.

The district also stands out in terms of its support staff. It is one of only 3 schools on the entire list to employ more than 300 total support staff. (There were a total of eight schools in the same 5,000 – 10,000 enrollment range as ICSD.)

After the list was compiled, the top scoring school in each metric was given a grade of 100 for that metric, and each other school was graded based on that.

Ithaca scored 87.34 for student to teacher ratio, 83.05 for teacher to support staff ratio, and 69.28 for student math and RLA proficiency.

The list did not include school districts with less than two schools, less than 1,000 students or less than 100 full-time teachers.

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Michael Smith

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