C.S.T.E.E.P. Wins Funding For Two Projects

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

The Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy has received major grants to support two projects, one with six urban school districts and another involving use of a World Wide Web site to monitor testing issues in the nation's classrooms.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has awarded CSTEEP a $175,000 grant to continue helping six metropolitan school districts assess their teaching and testing methods. In 1996, the foundation provided funds to launch the project, through which the center has provided technical assistance to public schools in Minneapolis; Long Beach, Calif.; San Diego; Corpus Christi, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

"We're helping them use the information they have on student achievement better," said Prof. Walter Haney (SOE), a CSTEEP researcher.

Also, the Ford Foundation has awarded $166,000 to an ongoing CSTEEP effort to monitor current events in educational testing. The grant was used to finance the creation of a Web site for the Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing, which includes CSTEEP. The consortium advocates improvements in standardized testing to ensure fairness for students from racial and linguistic minorities.

Boisi Professor of Education George Madaus, the project director, said that the success CSTEEP has enjoyed in the competition for foundation grants - which has included $2 million in the past nine years from the Ford Foundation alone - shows the esteem in which the center is held in education circles.

"I think the track record of funding indicates people respect and trust what we do, enough to support it financially," Madaus said.

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