Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) is a requirement of all public schools as a way for the Kansas State Department of Education to insure that students across all of Kansas are being provided a consistent and quality education.


In 2017-18, USD 446 embarked on a new accreditation cycle facilitated by Cognia.  Cognia is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Cognia's accreditation recommendation will be submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education in Year 5 (2021-2022 school year).


The summer of 2017, district leadership worked with the Board of Education to create a 5 Year Strategic Plan. Throughout 2017-18 school year, building improvement teams worked with staff in each building to develop a school improvement plan that directly connects to the district's Strategic Plan.  Please click on the links provided below to view the USD446 strategic plan and each building's improvement plan.


District Strategic Plan

Independence High School Improvement Plan

Independence Middle School Improvement Plan

Jefferson Elementary Improvement Plan

Eisenhower Elementary Improvement Plan

Riley Early Learning Center Improvement Plan

Here are links to our accreditation timeline and goal progress documentation.

Cognia District Accreditation Timeline

Year 1 update

Year 2 update

Year 1-2 Goal Progress

Year 1-3 Goal Progress Video and Powerpoint
Year 1-4 Goal Progress Video and Powerpoint