Among the primary functions of the Kansas State Board of Education is the accreditation of schools, a process that provides official recognition of the school as having met a defined set of standards. Current accreditation regulations in Kansas are based on a school accreditation model called Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA), which relies on a combination of the individual school's performance on state assessments and its ability to meet 11 Quality Assurances. The system was developed in 1992 and was modified in 2005.
All public schools in the state of Kansas are required to participate in the state accreditation process. On the other hand, private schools are not required to do so. However, ALL private schools are required by law to register with KSDE.
A list of private schools operating in Kansas that do participate in the state's accreditation process is available in the menu at the lower right of this page. These schools are referred to as "Accredited Private Schools." Private schools that do not participate in the state accreditation process are referred to as "Non-Accredited Private Schools (NAPS)." The list of NAPS that is accessible from the link at the lower right is not exhaustive. There are likely other NAPS in Kansas, but KSDE does not monitor them. Click here for more information about NAPS in Kansas.
In May 2011, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted new goals and objectives that included a review of the accreditation system for Kansas schools. The new model under consideration maintains an emphasis on the results that schools achieve, but places a larger emphasis on the systems and practices that districts use to gain their results.
The proposed new model uses the 21st Century themes of Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture, Rigor, and Results (The Five Rs) as a framework through which to focus on the quality characteristics of a school system. (Proposed New Accreditation Model)
The State Board receives recommendations concerning accreditation from the KSDE Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC), a group of representatives from all facets and levels of education and from all regions of Kansas.