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The Accreditation Review Council will provide official recommendations to the State Board of Education on the accreditation rating for each Kansas education system seeking state accreditation.

Council bylaws will be developed by the group and will be posted here.

Council membership list (updated 11-20-20) posted here.

Membership will represent PK-12 professionals and other stakeholders across the state. Selection criteria will include but not be limited to the following:
- Dedication to education of Kansas children
- Background in the PK-12 realm;
- PK-12 education and/or leadership experience;
- State board district representation;
- School/district size/demographics.

Meetings will be held in Topeka and will generally begin on the third Wednesday of September, November, February, and April and will last one or two days. Exceptions to the "third Wednesday" practice will be noted with an asterisk.

2020-2021 Meeting Dates
September 16, 2020
October 14, 2020
November18, 2020
February 17, 2021
April 21 and 22, 2021
June 16 and 17, 2021

2019-2020 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 25, 2019*
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020*
Wednesday, April 29, 2020*
Tuesday, June 9 and 10, 2020*

2018-2019 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, June 18 2019*
2017-2018 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017*
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018*

KESA Guidance Document (revised 2-29-20)


 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.  


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

Accreditation K-12 Contacts

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Assistant Director

Myron Melton, Coordinator

John Girodat, Consultant

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