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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 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.

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 (revised January 2022, updated August 2022)

 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.


KESA Forms 

The Year 5 System and OVT reports linked below were updated for the 2021/2022 school year. All systems in year 5 during the 2022/2023 school year will need to complete the existing forms linked below. Documentation will be done in the KESA Authenticated Application. 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.

Systems in Years 1-4 during the 2022/2023 school year will not need to complete all sections of the existing KESA Forms/Authenticated Application. In order to respond to feedback we have received regarding KESA Reporting, we are adjusting the reporting requirements for systems in years 1-4 for the 2022/2023 school year. Systems will only be required to complete three sections: Compliance, Needs Assessment Process and Goals, and Assurances. All other sections of the KESA report will be considered optional for the 2022/2023 school year. You can learn more about the reporting adjustments here

OVT Chairs will only need to provide feedback on the sections completed by the systems. If the system chooses to complete an optional section, then the OVT would be asked to provide feedback on those sections. However, OVT Chairs and Systems will have completed the requirements for systems in years 1-4 in 2022/2023 if they have completed the three required sections: Compliance, Needs Assessment Process and Goals, and Assurances. 

You can expect to learn more about the reporting adjustments for 2022/2023 in our System Beginning of the Year Kick-Off on August 23 and 25. You can learn more here

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 Accreditation and Design
Jay Scott

Assistant Director
Myron Melton

Sarah Perryman

Administrative Specialist


Accreditation Email



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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