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 10-07-22) 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.

The Accreditation Review Council (ARC) is a key partner with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). The ARC plays a critical role in advancing the Kansas Vision for Education by assuring education systems are implementing effective continuous improvement processes that lead to improved student results. The ARC is comprised of 18 members from varying background (teachers, principals, superintendents, central office staff, higher education, and private/parochial schools), and is responsible for fulfilling the following duties:

  1. Review and provide input to Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) staff concerning accreditation procedures and documentation necessary to make systems accreditation status recommendations.
  2. Advise KSDE staff of concerns or issues related to procedures and documentation necessary to formulate accreditation recommendations to the State Board of Education.
  3. Provide accreditation status recommendations to the Kansas State Board of Education for final accreditation approval as specified in the Accreditation Review Council Handbook

Members of the ARC serve 3-year terms and may serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms. KSDE is seeking new Council membership. Criteria taken into consideration when seeking nominations include, but are not limited to;

  1. Holding a current position for the group being represented
  2. Experience and credentials in the area being represented
  3. Relevant education and/or leadership experience
  4. School/district size and demographics
  5. State Board region representation

If you are interested in being considered for ARC membership, please utilize this link to complete a brief application survey.  New members will be selected by Friday, September 1, 2023.

Meetings - 2023/2024

  • November 7, 2023 (In-Person)
  • January 25, 2024 (Virtual) 
  • February 22, 2024 (Virtual)
  • June 6, 2024 (In-Person


MEETINGS - 2022/2023

ARC New Member Training - September 27, 2022 or September 28, 2022 (invite only)
ARC ALL Member Training - October 4, 2022 or October 6, 2022 (invite only)
ARC Meeting Dates- 
November 16, 2022
December 15, 2022
January 12, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 16, 2023
April 13, 2023
May 11, 2023
June 15, 2023

Past Meeting Dates


KESA Guidance Document (new document coming August 2023)

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 Accreditation and Design
Jay Scott

Assistant Director 
Myron Melton

West Regional Executive
Amber Miller

Central Regional Executive
Mindy Bruce

East Regional Executive
Jean Rush

Administrative Specialist
Rue Huereca-Retana


Accreditation Email

If you would like to subscribe to the KESA Listserv, simply email your request to accreditation@ksde.org. You can learn about how to use the listserv here!


Are you interested in being considered for membership on the Accreditation Review Council? In order to recruit high-quality candidates, we are opening up our nomination form all year! Feel free to use this link to access our digital nomination form. Please do not submit an incomplete form. If you need direct assistance, please email Sarah Perryman (sperryman@ksde.org). 
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