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Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA)

Important Notice: KESA Expectations Due to Board Action




You will have until March 12, 2021 to make changes or correct errors in your pause status. Please email Jeanette Nobo at jnobo@ksde.org with those changes or corrections or with questions.  If you are not sure of that status, please see the Pausing and Not Pausing documents below:

PAUSING                           NOT PAUSING


Questions to be Answered for Systems that Pause in 2020-2021

These questions are for systems that voluntarily paused their KESA documentation for the 2020-2021 school year.  These questions are to be completed in April 2021, and KSDE will send further guidance as that date approaches.  Systems that are not pausing will complete their normal KESA reports. 



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 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 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 recommentation of rating to the Kansas State Board of Education.

KESA Resources


Creating a Healthier School Environment with School Redesign - 12/2018

DEFINITION: Successful Kansas High School Graduate

A SUCCESSFUL KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE has the  academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce without the need for remediation.”
Adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education, January 2016

K-12 Accreditation Contacts

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Jeannette Nobo, Assistant Director

Myron Melton, Coordinator

Ed Kalas, Consultant
Professional Development, Mentoring, and KESA

Annie Diederich, Consultant


Accreditation Email


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