• The New York State Education Department (NYSED) annually reviews the academic performance of each school, based on results of state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics as well as graduation rate.  Under this accountability system, our district has been identified as a “Focus District,” and some of our schools have been identified as “Focus Schools.”

    Dunkirk City School District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP)

    Consistent with the USDE approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver, all Focus Districts are required to develop a District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) that details how the district plans to improve instruction and address the identified needs of Focus, Priority, and Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools.   The initial Dunkirk CSD plan was developed in compliance with this requirement and will be revisited and updated over the course of the year.
    Dunkirk City School District School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP)
    All identified priority and focus schools who do not have an approved SIG(G) or SIF plan are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) that details the way in which identified schools are focused on increasing the quality of instruction, improving the effectiveness of the leadership and teaching; and improving student achievement and graduation rates for all students with emphasis on identified subgroups.  The Dunkirk City School District has decided to have ALL schools participate in the planning and review process.  Building plans were developed over the course of the summer and will be revisited by building teams over the course of the school year.
    2018-2019 Focus School Plans (BOE approval 8-9-18)
    2018-2019 Non-Focus School Plans (BOE approval 8-9-18)


    ESSA Funding

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In January 2018, the federal government approved New York State’s plan to spend the approximately $1.6 billion the state receives annually under ESSA.  New York State is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from. Since fall 2016, New York State asked for feedback to design a plan that improves equity, access, and opportunity for all students.

    Click here for additional information on the NYSED ESSA Fact Sheet for Parents (Spanish version available here.)

    Under ESSA, Title I, Part A provides funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) – Public School Districts, Charter Schools, and Special Act Districts – for the purpose of providing all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps among groups of students. Funds are allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.  Information on the district policies related to Title IA can be found here.

    NYSED has outline procedures for resolving complaints submitted to the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of ESSA-Funded Programs alleging that a local educational agency (LEA), grantee or NYSED has violated a law, rule, or regulation in the administration of any “covered Federal program” under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identified below.These procedures offer parents and other stakeholders a process to file complaints and allow for the timely resolution of such complaints. Complaints filed against a local entity such as a school district, charter school, or grantee will be reviewed by NYSED's Office of ESSA-Funded Programs. Complaints filed against NYSED will be reviewed by NYSED's legal counsel.  Additional information about the complaint procedures are located here on the NYSED website.