Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA)
Currently, accreditation in Kansas is a school-based model called Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA), which relies on a combination the individual school's performance on state assessments and its ability to meet 11 Quality Assurance Criteria (See below). The system was developed in 1992 and was modified in 2005. A new accreditation system is under development (See Proposed New Accreditation Model).
Elements of the QPA Model
Based upon how a school meets the Performance and Quality Criteria, it will be classified as one of the following:
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA (Specific guidance begins on p. 34 of QPA Manual)
ELEVEN QUALITY CRITERIA (Specific guidance begins on p. 10 of QPA Manual)
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
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