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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

lawrenceguy40 4 years, 2 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!

ClaroAtaxia 4 years, 2 months ago

Bwahaha! Says, the bum asking for change on Mass St. Lets keep this thought in mind when you're on your death bed and the 'academics' get to decide whether or not to save your pitifully worthless life.

JayhawksandHerd 4 years, 2 months ago

As opposed to our current situation, in which for-profit corporations decide whether to grant care or let people die.

Graczyk 4 years, 2 months ago

Trolls don't have degrees. They just hide out under the bridge, waiting for a tasty new morsel to wander by.

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Graczyk 4 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. I new as soon as I opened the story that his would be the first post. I also knew exactly what his post would say. He's nothing if not consistent.

parrothead8 4 years, 2 months ago

"If barry o gets away with his health care fiasco, bureaucrats will soon be deciding whether to grant care or let people die."

You're about 10 months behind. Even Sarah Palin has realized by now that the "death squad" claim is BS.

Shardwurm 4 years, 2 months ago

Totally agree. Education is the biggest scam in America and needs reform worse than healthcare.

Any of the posters below supporting 'academics' who honestly believes that a degree in Sociology is worth $60,000 please explain your reasoning. Our children are better off being skilled labor than being college educated.

Why? Because the cost of tuition in Kansas has gone up 400 percent ABOVE inflation since 1980....and it continues to clime. Pretty soon the liberal elite are going to be teaching the conservative elite because they'll be the only ones who can afford education.

Mike Slack 4 years, 2 months ago

So tuition continues to "clime," huh? Shardwurm, as Bush would put it, a child left behind.

overthemoon 4 years, 2 months ago

Pretty clear that you have NO idea what goes on in education or university research. Too bad, as you benefit from innovations made in research institutions daily. Use your microwave much? Your car? These things didn't come with god's original package you know.

And the people who get paid from these grants...uh...they pay taxes on it, too. Hardly welfare, they are doing their job. Your lack of appreciation for what they do does not diminish its value to the community and the world at large.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 2 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.

das 4 years, 2 months ago

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

DillonBarnes 4 years, 2 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.

Sherry Warren 4 years, 2 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.

Shardwurm 4 years, 2 months ago

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

Jeremiah Jefferson 4 years, 2 months ago

That should cover the basketball teams salary

Jimo 4 years, 2 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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