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PK-12 Accreditation for the 21st Century

At the end of 2010, the Kansas Education Commission made a series of recommendations related to education in the state. One of them was for the State Board of Education to review the current accreditation process. In May 2011, the State Board adopted new goals and objectives that included a review of the accreditation system for Kansas schools. The new model the State Board of Education is considering maintains an emphasis on the results that schools achieve, but places a larger emphasis on the systems and practices that schools use to gain their results.

In 2012, the Kansas State Board of Education defined "college- and career-ready" as "having the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in post-secondary education, in the attainment of an industry-recognized certification, or in the workforce--without the need for remediation." The proposed new model uses an education system's academic/cognitive, technical/career-specific, and post-secondary measures to examine its improvement, or growth, in developing college- and career-ready graduates.

The proposed new model employs the 21st Century themes of Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture, Rigor, and Results ("The Five Rs") as a way to focus on the quality characteristics of a school system. (See below.) Education systems will develop goals and action plans (based on thorough needs assessments) to obtain growth results -- the fifth R -- in the other four Rs.

The State Board receives recommendations concerning accreditation from the Accreditation Advisory Council, a group of representatives from all facets and levels of education and from all regions of Kansas.

KESA Information - all in one place - 78 pages (pdf) 4-24-2016

KLFA Presentation - KASB - 4-16-2015 (pdf)
KELI Presentation - Sublette - 2-12-2015 (pdf)
Presentation to Curriculum Leaders 1-23-2015 (pdf) 
KELI Presentation - Manhattan - 1-21-2015 (pdf) 
Update to State Board of Education 1-13-2015 (pdf) 
Update to State Board of Education 10-14-2014 (pdf) 
Presentation to Curriculum Leaders 10-10-2014 (pdf)

MODEL - district-level (systems) approach
Predictors of Postsecondary Success article

FRAMEWORK -- The Five Rs - a visual overview
Proposed Rubric - RELATIONSHIPS - Staff, Students, Families, Community
Proposed Rubric - RELEVANCE - Curriculum, Instruction, Student Engagement, Technology
Proposed Rubric - RESPONSIVE CULTURE - Leadership, Early Childhood, District Climate, Nutrition and Wellness
Proposed Rubric - RIGOR - Career & Technical Education, Professional Learning, Resources, Data
College- and Career-Ready RESULTS - Academic/Cognitive, Technical/Career-specific, Employability, Post-secondary Evidence
 CYCLE LENGTH - 5 years

• OUTSIDE VALIDATION TEAM -  trained by KSDE. Team visit end of Year One (can be virtual); Chair check-in end of Year Three; Formal Final Visit (must be on site) end of Year Five.
 PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY - online "dashboard" showing progress, 5 Rs and CCR data -- multiple data points -- for each district and each individual school
•  ACCREDITATION RATING LEVELS - Accredited, Accredited - Conditional, Not Accredited
NON-NEGOTIABLES - Certain compliance items such as licensure, ESI, IDEA, and fiscal/budget must be in place to receive a rating above "not accredited."
FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS - Education systems must have structures in place to address the following:
Compliance with all applicable statutes/regs not specified in the non-negotiables
Participation in school improvement/systems accreditation
Diversity and equity in education
Family and community engagement
CCR/Rose Capacities
Social-emotional development of all students


PK-12 Accreditation Contacts

Teacher Licensure and Accreditation Team Director
Scott Myers
785-296-4381 (fax)

Assistant Director
Bill Bagshaw

Education Program Consultant
Kelly Slaton
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