Ithaca City School District


Thursday, December 18, 2014
ICSD Insider Volume 43

Click here to read Volume 43 of the ICSD Insider. 


Thursday, December 18, 2014
ICSD Reports Increased Graduation Rate for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is pleased to report increased graduation rates. The 2013-14 school year also marks the second consecutive year that the four-year graduation rate has exceeded 90 percent at Ithaca High School.

“The continuous improvement efforts of students, staff, and the ICSD community have resulted in unprecedented levels of academic achievement across multiple measures. I am proud of our accomplishments and commend our community of thinkers for their work,” said ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

The table below reflects the four-year graduation rates in the Ithaca City School District. These rates include students who received a Regents, Local, or IEP diploma within four years of entering ninth grade (by August).

***Note: Graduation rates published on New York State Education Department Public Data Site ( do not include students who earned an IEP diploma/completion credential.

Ithaca High School principal Jason Trumble stated, “Ithaca High School has a long history of preparing our community’s young people for colleges and careers. The recent graduation rate data affirms the positive momentum that many feel while also challenging us to continue striving for excellence.”

The Ithaca City School District looks forward to providing the public with additional analysis of graduation rates and other important measures of student achievement in the Ninth Annual Equity Report Card that will be published in early January 2015.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014
ICSD Teachers to Receive IPEI Grants

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded 17 Teacher Grants totaling $25,000 for projects to be carried out during the 2014-15 school year. The grants will enhance learning for approximately 1,700 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students.

Teacher Grants fund classroom projects that are linked with state learning standards and enrich the curricular opportunities for students and their teachers. Proposals for a maximum grant amount of $1,500 are made by teachers. In keeping with IPEI’s mission of “connecting school and community,” they always include a community partner.

Read more and view the entire list of Teacher Grants on the IPEI blog.

Last year IPEI released research-based evidence that the programs and activities it funds through grants to teachers and schools effectively increase student engagement. Data from reports submitted by teachers who were awarded grants in 2012-13 showed that ICSD students' engagement rose by an average of nearly 50 percent following an IPEI grant-funded activity. For students identified as "performing below grade level," the average increase in engagement was even higher. Pat Tempesta, chair of IPEI’s Grants Committee, reports that data collected from 2013-14 grant recipients indicate that student engagement rose again following IPEI grant-funded activities. “It is encouraging to see a second year of assessment data confirming that our grants consistently lead to an increase in active student involvement in their learning,” Tempesta expressed. “Kudos to our teachers who encourage this kind of student engagement by taking the time to create great, innovative projects!


Friday, December 05, 2014
ICSD Board of Education Commendations

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Board of Education honored district students and staff for their extraordinary achievements in the academic, athletic, and community service areas. Over eighty people were recognized in twelve award categories. A description of the awards and the list of recipients can be found here.
The Commendation Ceremony is held three times a year in Kulp Auditorium. Nominations are submitted by ICSD district and community members.