Among the primary functions of the Kansas State Board of Education is the accreditation of schools, a process that provides official recognition of the school as having met a defined set of standards. Current accreditation regulations in Kansas are based on a school accreditation model called Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA), which relies on a combination of the individual school's performance on state assessments and its ability to meet 11 Quality Assurances. The system was developed in 1992 and was modified in 2005.
All public schools in the state of Kansas are required to participate in the state accreditation process.
While non-public and home schools are required by law to register with the Kansas State Department of Education, they may choose whether to participate in the state's accreditation process. A list of all non-public schools operating in Kansas that do participate in the state's accreditation process is available in the menu at the lower right of this page. In the same menu is a list of registered non-public schools that do not participate in the state's accreditation process. Click here for more information about non-public/home schooling in Kansas.
At the end of 2010, the Kansas Education Commission made a series of recommendations related to education in the state. One of them was for the State Board of Education to review the current accreditation process. In May 2011, the State Board adopted new goals and objectives that included a review of the accreditation system for Kansas schools. The new model the State Board of Education is considering maintains an emphasis on the results that schools achieve, but places a larger emphasis on the systems and practices that schools use to gain their results.
The proposed new model uses the 21st Century themes of Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture, Results and Rigor (The Five Rs) as a way to focus on the quality characteristics of a school system. (Proposed New Accreditation Model)
The State Board receives recommendations concerning accreditation from the KSDE Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC), a group of representatives from all facets and levels of education and from all regions of Kansas.