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KU's role in developing standardized tests

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¢ A former KU professor gets credit for designing the multipe-choice test in this story about testing in the [Washington Post][1].At the outset of the 20th century, educators began to experiment with tests that took shortcuts around the old essay methods. French psychologist Alfred Binet developed an intelligence test about 1905. Frederick J. Kelly of the University of Kansas designed a multiple-choice test in 1914. Scanning machines followed. Many Americans accepted these tests as efficient tools to help build a society based on merit, not birth or race or wealth.¢ KU track legend Billy Mills, who is speaking Thursday in Arlington, Texas, is profiled in today's [Fort Worth Star-Telegram][2]."He's faced all the problems that any of our students would have faced," said Rita Eckhardt, of UT-Arlington's office of multicultural affairs. "He's going to speak on the pursuit of excellence." [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/13/AR2006111301007.html [2]: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/16017286.htm

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