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KSDE Accreditation Review Council (ARC)

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 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.

2018-2019 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
May 2019 - TBD
2017-2018 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017*
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018* - (note: changed from previous dates of April 18 and April 11)

KESA Guidance Document (revised 1-18-2019)

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

David Barnes,
KESA Coordinator

Accreditation Email


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