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KESA Resources

Kansas VISION: Kansas Leads the World in the Success of Each Student.

State Board's Vision for Kansas Education
Vision Graphic 11x17 (pdf)
Rose Capacities (KASB website)

KESA Model

Systems Thinking - YouTube Video (5:11)


The Five Rs (pdf) - a visual overview
Proposed Rubric - RELATIONSHIPS (pdf) - Staff, Students, Families, Community
Proposed Rubric - RELEVANCE (pdf) - Curriculum, Instruction, Student Engagement, Technology
Proposed Rubric - RESPONSIVE CULTURE (pdf) - Leadership, Early Childhood, District Climate, Nutrition and Wellness
Proposed Rubric - RIGOR (pdf)Career & Technical Education, Professional Learning, Resources, Data


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


Prominent compliance issues (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

Best practices involving curricula, programs and services supporting learning and the whole child
Foundational Structures for KESA Cycle 1 (pdf)

Stakeholder Participation

Visual of teams/committees (pdf)

Employee stakeholders:
district leadership teams (pdf)
building leadership teams (pdf)

Non-employee stakeholders:

district site councils (pdf)
building site councils (pdf)

Accreditation Rating Levels

Accredited, Accredited - Conditional, 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).

Other Resources

FACTOIDS (Spring 2016)
KESA History (pdf)
About the Systems Approach - 9-18-2015 (pdf)
Systems Thinking: A Way to Maximize Program Effectiveness - video
Systems Thinking - 9-25-2015 (pdf)
Five Rs Framework, Familiar Process - 10-9-2015 (pdf)
Bibliography (pdf)
Predictors of Postsecondary Success article (External Link)

Perception Surveys

Inter-Rater Agreement 

K-12 Accreditation Contacts

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Jeannette Nobo,
Assistant Director

David Barnes,
KESA Coordinator

Stephanie Hill,
KESA Consultant

Accreditation Email


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