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KU announces $22 million grant from U.S. Department of Education

KU researchers think there's a better way to measure a child's success in school and now they've got some money to help prove it. The grant is the largest in the school's history.

October 12, 2010, 8:52 a.m. Updated October 12, 2010, 2:13 p.m.

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KU press conference regarding $22 million grant

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Tuesday announces a $22 million grant to develop new assessment system for special education. Enlarge video

— Kansas University officials today announced winning a $22 million grant to develop a new system of teaching and testing special education students in 11 states. It is the largest grant in school history.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Tuesday announces $22 million grant to develop new assessment system for special education.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Tuesday announces $22 million grant to develop new assessment system for special education.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; Neal Kingston, director of KU's Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation; and Rick Ginsberg, dean of KU's School of Education, are shown in this October 2010 file photo at the State Board of Education in Topeka.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; Neal Kingston, director of KU's Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation; and Rick Ginsberg, dean of KU's School of Education, are shown in this October 2010 file photo at the State Board of Education in Topeka.

Officials said designing the new assessment could eventually reform the entire teaching and testing system for all students.

"That is my hope," said Neal Kingston, director of KU's Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said, "With this grant, the University of Kansas has an opportunity to improve the quality of education received by countless children throughout this country and the world."

Kingston and others said the new assessment will have teachers, students and parents focused on the individual needs of the child rather than teaching students to prepare for one big test.

"It's long been realized that when accountability is based on test scores, teachers will teach to the test. The new system will turn around the process and design tests to model good instruction -- to be driven by and be part of instruction instead of standalone activity," he said.

"We need tests worth teaching to," he added.

Students in Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin plan to use the program starting in the 2014-15 school year.

KU won the U.S. Department of Education grant over five other groups, officials said.

Comments

Jimo 3 years, 6 months ago

1/100th of the money Warren Buffett "earns" while farting in bed at 3 am. Yet so many seek to get their noses in close for a good whiff and pretend that they are paying these taxes (along with their own welfare benefits) and insist on punishing others for their sycophancy.

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catfishturkeyhunter 3 years, 6 months ago

That should cover the basketball teams salary

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Shardwurm 3 years, 6 months ago

There's only one thing KU can do after receiving this money - RAISE TUITION!

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overplayedhistory 3 years, 6 months ago

Remember when research and development sent us to the moon and drove us to be the best of the best economically. Still nothing tops the amount of welfare the state gets to produce nutritionally void food, at a price cheaper than it costs to produce. All so you can cram it down your pie hole while tap out your gripes about welfare. Hate yourself, for you are the product of welfare, only government can grow an individual with such convenient hypocritical selfish perspectives.

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toe 3 years, 6 months ago

Federal government destruction of public education. Step one: design a test.

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Sherry Warren 3 years, 6 months ago

When some do well, the trolls appear, All day long the trolls just sneer. "'Tis our freedoms and dollars being taken away" while they do nothing but blog all day, Preaching hate and snark, and spitting vitriol and piss Then blaming LJW staff for any news that they miss.

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DillonBarnes 3 years, 6 months ago

KU gets selected to play a pivotal role in changing a long out-dated educational system. It's a liberal conspiracy! Some people are never happy.

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das 3 years, 6 months ago

The new KU chant.... My grant money brings all the boys to the yard, And their like It's better than yours...

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billybob1 3 years, 6 months ago

Let's use the money to get rid of Turner Gill.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 6 months ago

No, this is actually welfare for just the State of Kansas academics. I think only states with underrepresentation in research funding compared to population are eligible. In other words, this is affirmative action for crummy states like Kansas.

Don't criticize too hard. No matter what your profession, you are but a few degrees od separation away from the federal teat.

Done any construction/contracting for any project sponsored by federal money? Transportation, highways? By KU? For a KU employee?

My guess is you are have a nice pull of the federal teat as we speak. Prove me wrong.

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lawrenceguy40 3 years, 6 months ago

Welfare for the liberal elite, paid for by the hardworking taxpayer.

Most academics are no better than the bums asking for change on Mass. Street!

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