The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas exists to improve the performance of students, adults, and public agencies throughout local, state, and national communities.
The Institute includes four centers, which represent a diversity of services and programs:
- Agile Technology Solutions,
- Center for Educational Opportunity Programs,
- Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation,
- Center for Public Partnerships and Research.
AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies whose goals are to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement, or building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults, and communities succeed.
The AAI was established in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, established in 1983, and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Services, established in 1997. Both organizations have long track records of successfully building partnerships and programs that support the achievement of young children, school-aged children, adults, and publicly funded agencies.
Effective July 1st, 2013, it was recognized by KU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies as one of just 12 designated university research centers and institutes.
As part of its mission, the AAI also provides KU faculty support and encouragement related to research in improving the performance and enhancing the achievements of students, adults, and public-sector agencies. The Institute and its four centers also provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain valuable research and on-the-job employment experience while at KU.