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.
PROPOSED BY THE ACCREDITATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
The AAC recommends a district-level, systems approach to accreditation. Bibliography.
Update to State Board of Education 10-14-2014
• Cycle Length: 5 years
• Entities Accredited: unified school districts and certain state/special purpose schools (required), independent systems, independent schools (not affiliated with systems)
• Outside validation teams trained by KSDE
• Online "dashboard" (on KSDE website) showing 5 Rs and multiple data points for districts and their individual schools
Proposed Framework -- The Five Rs - a visual overview
Proposed Rubric - RELATIONSHIPS
Proposed Rubric - RELEVANCE
Proposed Rubric - RESPONSIVE CULTURE
Proposed Rubric - RIGOR
DRAFT Dashboard - RESULTS