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Announcements with Date Posted

KESA Regulations Adopted - Thursday, October 21, 2021

The long-awaited KESA Accreditation Regulations have been adopted and can be found by clicking "read more." read more ...

Updated List of Potential OVT Members - Monday, October 11, 2021

This list contains those trained in as OVT members and/or OVT Chairs who are willing to serve on a system OVT. There may be names missing on the list because of bad or undeliverable emails. KSDE is working through those. There is another longer list of names that includes those who did not want to be posted on the website. If you are interested in that list, please email ekalas@ksde.org read more ...

First KESA Newsletter - Friday, September 3, 2021

Take a look at the first KESA newsletter read more ...

Accreditation reviews for 2021-2022 school year - Thursday, August 26, 2021

List of the 95 systems scheduled for an accreditation review this 2021-2022 school year read more ...

Monthly KESA Update and Support Meetings - Thursday, August 19, 2021

See Training page for the schedule of the monthly KESA Update and Support Meetings for 2021-2022. 

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KESA Orientation for New Superintendents - Thursday, August 19, 2021

Join KSDE accreditation staff to discuss all you need to know about KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation).  You will become familiar with your system’s KESA history and learn how to access your systems progress inside the authenticated application system.  Further discussion and guided work time will be provided to address data analysis and goal alignment.  Individualized assistance will be given to each system as needed.


This training will be offered in Sublette, Hays, at Greenbush-Lawrence and at Orion. 


See training page for registration information.

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 KESA Application

The KESA Application (KESA App) is a district-level application. It should be completed by the superintendent or his/her designee. In order to request/gain access to the KESA App, the user must log in to a district-level authenticated applications account. If the user does not have a district-level account, a separate district-level account must be established by going to the authenticated applications login page and clicking on the green "Register" button. In the "building" dropdown, select "All buildings."  


Note: The process is slightly different for private schools where each building is accredited as a separate system.  Please, do not hesitate to contact KSDE if you need any assistance gaining access to the KESA App.


New KESA Forms 

The intent is for these updated forms to be in the Authenticated Application by August 2022. Please, ignore red or green text in the forms.  The red text is to help KSDE staff as they continue to review the forms, while the green text is used as notes for the programmers as they implement the forms into the Authenticated Application.

System Yearly Update Reports

OVT Summary Reports

ARC Executive Summary

Please, send any comments or suggestions about the above drafts to accreditation@ksde.org.  


KESA Guidance Document 

The KESA Guidance Document is being updated to contain a summary of the KESA process along with the latest reports that will be available in the Authenticated Application.  Additionally, new resources will be included to assist you in your accreditation journey.  

KESA Accreditation Criteria

The KESA Accreditation Criteria was developed for the Accreditation Review Council (ARC) to help make an accreditation recommendation to the State Board of Education.  It is comprised of eight (8) sections.  Each section corresponds to a question in the ARC's executive summary recommendation of accreditation report to the State Board of Education. The document is being provided so that systems and their outside visiting team can have a clear understanding about the measures the ARC is using to make an accreditation recommendation.

KESA Fact Sheet

KESA Updates and Training Information 

KESA System (District) Information


Accreditation K-12 Contacts

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Jeannette Nobo, Assistant Director

Myron Melton, Coordinator

John Girodat, Consultant

Ed Kalas, Consultant
Professional Development,           Mentoring and KESA



Accreditation Email


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