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Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA)

Currently, accreditation in Kansas is a school-based model called Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA), which relies on a combination the individual school's performance on state assessments and its ability to meet 11 Quality Assurance Criteria (See below.). The system was developed in 1992 and was modified in 2005. A new accreditation system is under development (See Proposed New Accreditation Model.).

Elements of the QPA Model

ACCREDITATION STATUSES
Based upon how a school meets the Performance and Quality Criteria, it will be classified as one of the following:

  • Accredited - The school meets minimum performance and quality criteria.
  • Accredited on Improvement - For 2 consecutive years, the school fails to meet performance criteria for one or more assessed student group(s) or fails to meet three or more quality criteria.
  • Conditional Accredited - For 3 consecutive years, the school fails to meet performance criteria for the "all" student groups or fails to meet four or more quality criteria.
  • Not Accredited - For 5 consecutive years, the school fails to meet performance criteria for the "all" student group or fails to meet four or more quality criteria.

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PERFORMANCE CRITERIA (Specific guidance begins on p. 34 of QPA Manual)
  1. Student Performance
  2. Participation Rate (in State Assessments)
  3. Attendance Rate
  4. Graduation Rate

ELEVEN QUALITY CRITERIA (Specific guidance begins on p. 10 of QPA Manual)

  1. School Improvement Plan with results-based staff development plan
  2. External Technical Assistance Team
  3. Locally determined assessments aligned with state standards
  4. Formal training for teachers in state assessments and curriculum standards
  5. Fully licensed staff
  6. Local board of education requirements meeting K.B.R. 91-31-34 (staff, minimum enrollment, student credit, records retention, interschool athletics, athletic practice)
  7. Local graduation requirements meeting K.B.R. 91-31-35
  8. Regents qualified admissions report
  9. Programs and services to support student learning (K- 12)
  10. Programs and services to support student learning (9 – 12)
  11. Local policies ensuring compliance

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

K-12 Accreditation Contacts

Teacher Licensure and Accreditation Team Director
Scott Myers
785-296-8010
785-296-4381 (fax)
smyers@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Bill Bagshaw
785-296-2198
bbagshaw@ksde.org

Education Program Consultant
Kelly Slaton
785-368-7356
kslaton@ksde.org
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