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KESA – Kansas Education Systems Accreditation

KESA employs a familiar PROCESS for achieving growth (formerly referred to in QPA as the “school improvement process”).

KESA provides a FRAMEWORK – The Five Rs – that serves as a common lens through which to view and assess (rubrics) the practices that encompass education system quality.

Foundational Structures: Districts/systems must have system-wide structures (curricula, plans, processes, programs) in place to support the following best practices and the Rose Capacities (RC). 

  1. Tiered framework of supports/interventions
  2. Stakeholder engagement
  3. Diversity/equity in education and culturar competence related to students
  4. (RC) Communication/basic skills
  5. (RC) Civic and social engagement
  6. (RC) Physical and mental health; includes school counseling programs
  7. (RC) Arts and cultural appreciation
  8. (RC) Postsecondary and career preparation; includes library/media programs
  9. Curricula that allow students to meet the Kansas Board of Regents qualified admissions requirements and the state scholarship program

KESA District Leadership Team (DLT) Agendas and Notes


KESA District Site Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2016, 6:00 PM in the JSH Library – Agenda Link / Minutes Link

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 PM in the JSH Library – Agenda Link / Minutes Link

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00 PM in the JSH Library— Agenda Link / Minutes Link


KESA JSH Site Council

Elementary Site Council 

The Rose Capacities: What are they and why they matter (KASB)

The Rose Capacities (sometimes referred to as “Rose Standards”) were cited in the Kansas Supreme Court’s March 2014 Gannon v State of Kansas school finance decision. The Court said these are the standards for determining the level of suitable funding for public schools in Kansas and will be used as the test when deciding if the state is meeting its constitutional requirement to fund public education. 

The standards originated in a 1989 Kentucky case, but have been referenced in other Kansas court cases and Kansas school law prior to the Gannon decision. In May 2014 the Kansas Legislature passed - and the Governor signed - HB 2506. The bill revised a statute pertaining to schools (KSA 2013 Supp. 72-1127) by including the exact language of the Rose Capacities. The new law also says the Kansas State Board of Education must design subjects and areas of instruction to achieve these goals.


Rose Standard Capacities - Kansas Requirements and Outcomes [PDF - May 2014]

Rose Capacities Primer

KASB groups the seven capacities into four categories:

Communication/Basic Skills 
Rose Capacity 1: Sufficient oral and written communication skills to enable students to function in a complex and rapidly changing civilization;

Civic and Social Engagement
Rose Capacity 2: Sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and political systems to enable the students to make informed choices;

Rose Capacity 3: Sufficient understanding of governmental processes to enable the students to understand the issues that affect his or her community, state, and nation;

Physical and Mental Health

Rose Capacity 4: Sufficient self-knowledge and knowledge of his or her mental and physical wellness;

Rose Capacity 5: Sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage; 

Postsecondary and Career Preparation

Rose Capacity 6: Sufficient training or preparation for advanced training in either academic or vocational fields so as to enable each child to choose and pursue life work intelligently; and

Rose Capacity 7: Sufficient levels of academic or vocational skills to enable public school students to compete favorably with their counterparts in surrounding states, in academics or in the job market.