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Important Notice: KESA Expectations Due to Board Action





Final version of the Pause Survey that opened on April 1, 2021 and deadline for response is on April 22, 2021

Any district/system that is pausing must complete this survey.


PAUSING Systems                           NOT PAUSING Systems



Optional Tool to Help Districts Collect Information for Pause Survey

The KESA team has created a Google form for the April 2021 Pause Survey that you can copy to use in your district, if you would like. Using this format is not required, just another tool to use to reinforce your data collection and analysis processes.  

Click HERE to get open the Google form link, click on the “Make a copy” button and a copy will go to your Google Drive. Except for the questions from the survey, you can customize the introduction, change the title, and add information or other questions of interest for your district. This will allow you to collect data for discussion for your final April 2021 Pause Survey answers.

This is for district-use and KSDE will not get any of the responses provided to any district. Again, it is just a tool for districts to use as a way to help decide what the final answers for the official survey should be.



 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 Form Drafts

These are very much in draft form, and as such may change frequently over the next few days/weeks.  The intent is for this updated forms to be in the Authenticated Application by early in 202 for all systems to use for any 2020-2021 school year reporting.  Please, ignore red or green text in the draft forms.  The red text is to help KSDE staff as they continue to revise and update the drafts, 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 (revised 2-29-20)

The above document contains a summary of the KESA process, including the questions found in the Authenticated Application forms for Systems, OVT Chairs, and the ARC.  Works space is not provided in the Guidance document, but copies of the forms with space to type/work can be found and downloaded using the links below for each of these roles.

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

Outside Visitation Team Information 

Accreditation Review Council (ARC)

This group of education professionals from across the state will review systems' work over the course of the accreditation cycle and make a formal recommendation of rating to the Kansas State Board of Education.

KESA Resources



K-12 Accreditation Contacts

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Jeannette Nobo, Assistant Director

Myron Melton, Coordinator

Annie Diederich, Consultant

Ed Kalas, Consultant
Professional Development,           Mentoring and KESA



Accreditation Email


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