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Mr. Bill Clark, Superintendent

A Message from the Superintendent

The 2016-2017 school year has come to an end as the 45th class of seniors have graduated from Mission Valley. As USD 330 Mission Valley gets ready to begin the 2017-2018 school year the Kansas Department of Education is getting ready to officially begin the new accreditation system for schools across the state of Kansas. This new accreditation system called KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation) takes a little of the old and combines it with some of the new ideas from the Kansans Can thinking and philosophy. The new KESA system is supported by the research base of systems theory, the model is designed to accredit systems (such as unified schools districts) rather than individual schools. The research clearly shows that the systems approach improves individual schools more effectively than simply targeting an individual school. Stakeholders participate through the building and leadership teams and site councils. These groups are representative of the various stakeholder groups, the diversity of the student population, the community and its business/industry. These groups provide input throughout the proposed 5-year cycle. Most systems already use a five-part process for improvement. 

First, assess the current situation to determine needs. 

Second, establish goals to meet those needs (and measurements to determine goal achievement). 

Third, create an actions plan for each goal. 

Fourth, implement the plan. 

Fifth, assess growth, reflect, begin a new cycle. 

To begin the process, systems use “the Five R’s” framework to assess their performance in educating children. Systems rate themselves using rubrics for RELATIONSHIPS, RELEVANCE, RESPONSIVE culture, and RIGOR. Systems then analyze RESULTS data related to the State Board’s definition of a 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. The compliance element of KESA requires education systems to meet governmental requirements. Foundations involve integrating research-based practices, addressing such issues as academic intervention, diversity/equity, mental/physical health, civic engagement, and post-secondary and career preparation. As part of the compliance element, and outside validation team (OVT) will visit the schools. The OVT consists of K-12 educators and post-secondary professionals. The OVT will be assigned to the system for the 5-year cycle. USD 330 Mission Valley will collaborate with other local districts to develop OVT teams. The OVT’s mission is to validate the systems process and results, identify areas for improvement, provide guidance, and recommend accreditation rating to KSDE. 

Here is a quick run-down of what the 5-year cycle will look like: 

2017-2018 Year 1 Conduct Building Needs Assessment, District Assessment Goal Area Identification, OVT visit #1 

2018-2019 Year 2 Establish Building Goals & Action Plan, OVT visit #2 

2019-2020 Year 3 Implement Action Plan, Midpoint Revision, OVT visit #3 

2020-2021 Year 4 Continue Implementation of Action Plan, collect data, OVT visit #4 

2021-2022 Year 5 Analysis of data, OVT visit #5

Accreditation rating for State Board of Ed. This is just one of the many changes and new requirements that USD 330 Mission Valley and other schools across the state will be required to do to ensure that we are providing the very best education possible for the students of the district. 

I hope that everyone has a great SUMMER and gets some time to re-charge those batteries before returning to school in August. The staff of Mission Valley will be busy again this summer preparing for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year and expect it to be another GREAT year for the Vikings. 

Yours in education,

William J. Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services