KESA Guidance Document and Regulations


KESA Guidance Document (Updated August 2023)


KESA Regulations 


UPDATED: KESA Compliance Areas, Contacts, Definitions, and Expectations (2023/2024)


In the revised KESA Compliance: 2023/2024 document,
each compliance area is explored in greater depth to provide
clarity as to what it means to be "Complaint", "Working toward
Compliance", and "Not Compliant". The image below describing
compliance for Professional Development and Mentoring was
used as the model by which all other compliance areas were
defined. Some compliance leads also elected to provide a rationale
for the area that is evaluated. 

While this document is new beginning in 2023/2024, it is important
to note that none of the compliance expecations changed for this
year. This document simply strives to provide greater depth and
clarity around each of the compliance areas that contributes to
systems accreditation (KESA).  

If you have any questions about the compliance expectations, please
contact the lead for the area of concern. If you have general feedback
about this document or KESA-related questions, please email 


OLD: KESA  Compliance Areas & Contacts (pdf)

To achieve a rating of "accredited," systems must be in good standing with KSDE regarding all applicable state and federal statutory/regulatory requirements. Because the compliance piece is all about statutes and regulations, there is no one document. As long as your system is doing what it usually does to meet requirements, you shouldn’t need to spend a great deal of time on this piece with your leadership team. It is simply a part of KESA so that the State Board can address situations in which a system is not in compliance and is not trying to get back into compliance.


Foundational Structures

Foundational Structures



Components of definition of successful high school graduate: Academic/Cognitive, Technical/Career-specific, Employability, Civic Engagement
State Board Outcomes: Social Emotional Factors measured locally, Kindergarten Readiness, Individual Plans of Study, High School Graduation, Postsecondary Success

Rose Capacities (KASB website)

Other KESA Resources

Visual of teams/committees (pdf)

Perception Surveys (CBA & Past Stakeholder Surveys)


Private Schools/New KESA Systems/Cognia 

Past KESA Resources - Pre-2022

‚ÄčAccreditation Rating Levels

Accredited, Conditionally Accredited, Not Accredited

Public Transparency

Systems will be required to have, on their home page, a link to their page on the Kansas Report Card (KSDE website).

Accreditation K-12 Contacts

Director of Accreditation and Design
Jay Scott  

Assistant Director 
Myron Melton

West Regional Executive
Amber Miller

Central Regional Executive
Mindy Bruce

East Regional Executive
Jean Rush

Administrative Specialist
Rue Huereca-Retana


Accreditation Email

If you would like to subscribe to the KESA Listserv, simply email your request to You can learn about how to use the listserv here!

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