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Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA)

Kansas VISION: Kansas Leads the World in the Success of Each Student.

 KESA Application

The KESA Application (KESA App) is a district-level application. It should be completed by the superintendent or his/her designee. In order to request/gain access to the KESA App, the user must log in to a district-level authenticated applications account. If the user does not have a district-level account, a separate district-level account must be established by going to the authenticated applications login page and clicking on the green "Register" button. In the "building" dropdown, select "All buildings."  

All systems should have pages 1 through 15.1 completed prior to your 2017-2018 KESA visit.  The remainder of page 15 is to be completed during the onsite visit or immediately following it and page 16 contains the assurances to be completed by June 30, 2018. 


KESA Conference Call Recordings


KESA Process Information

Outside Visitation Team Information 

Accreditation Review Council (ARC)

This group of education professionals from across the state will review systems' work over the course of the accreditation cycle and make a formal recommentation of rating to the Kansas State Board of Education. Click here for the ARC page.

KESA Model

KESA Features (pdf)
district-level (systems) approach
Systems Thinking - YouTube Video (5:11)


The Five Rs (pdf) - a visual overview
Proposed Rubric - RELATIONSHIPS (pdf) - Staff, Students, Families, Community
Proposed Rubric - RELEVANCE (pdf) - Curriculum, Instruction, Student Engagement, Technology
Proposed Rubric - RESPONSIVE CULTURE (pdf) - Leadership, Early Childhood, District Climate, Nutrition and Wellness
Proposed Rubric - RIGOR (pdf)Career & Technical Education, Professional Learning, Resources, Data


Components of definition of successful high school graduate: Academic/Cognitive, Technical/Career-specific, Employability, Civic Engagement
State Board Outcomes: Social Emotional Factors measured locally, Kindergarten Readiness, Individual Plans of Study, High School Graduation, Postsecondary Success


Prominent compliance issues (pdf)
To achieve a rating of "accredited," systems must be in good standing with KSDE regarding all applicable state and federal statutory/regulatory requirements. Because the compliance piece is all about statutes and regulations, there is no one document. As long as your system is doing what it usually does to meet requirements, you shouldn’t need to spend a great deal of time on this piece with your leadership team. It is simply a part of KESA so that the State Board can address situations in which a system is not in compliance and is not trying to get back into compliance.

Foundational Structures

Best practices involving curricula, programs and services supporting learning and the whole child
Foundational Structures for KESA Cycle 1 (pdf)

Stakeholder Participation

Visual of teams/committees (pdf)

Employee stakeholders:
district leadership teams (pdf)
building leadership teams (pdf)

Non-employee stakeholders:

Accreditation Rating Levels

Accredited, Accredited - Conditional, Not Accredited

Public Transparency

Systems will be required to have, on their home page, a link to their page on the Kansas Report Card (KSDE website).

Other Resources

DEFINITION: Successful Kansas High School Graduate

A SUCCESSFUL KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE has the  academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce without the need for remediation.”
Adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education, January 2016

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