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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.

The proposed new model uses the 21st Century themes of Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture, Results and Rigor (five R's) as a way to focus on the quality characteristics of a school system. (See below.)

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.

PRESENTATIONS
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)

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ACCREDITATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
MODEL - district-level (systems) approach
Bibliography
Predictors of Postsecondary Success article

•   FRAMEWORK -- The Five Rs - a visual overview - reflects a change in the four types of RESULTS as of 12-1-2014
Proposed Rubric - RELATIONSHIPS
Proposed Rubric - RELEVANCE
Proposed Rubric - RESPONSIVE CULTURE
Proposed Rubric - RIGOR
College- and Career-Ready RESULTS

  CYCLE LENGTH - 5 years
  OUTSIDE VALIDATION TEAM -  trained by KSDE
  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

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