We’ve got a lot of content on Khan Academy, and it grows every day. We’ve created missions to help students focus on content that is most meaningful to them. Our first launch of missions is in math--do you know a 5th grader who wants to do well on her end-of-year math exam? Have her complete the 5th grade mission!
Our grade level missions provide a way to guide your students through grade-level content, including all prerequisites. Your students will be united in one compelling goal: to all reach completion of their grade level mission, even as they start at different places and work at different paces.
As students complete skills in their grade level mission, we’ll recommend new skills based on what they are ready to learn next. We use the student’s math history on our site, as well as what we learn from all of the students on our site, to figure out what will make the best recommendations. You can also guide students through their missions by making specific Coach Recommendations as well!
We encourage you to use grade level missions alongside your curriculum, challenging all students to reach completion by the end of the year (or sooner)!
Have your students go to their learning dashboard and click on CURRENT MISSION at the top. They should see a list of missions pop up. Have them click on their grade level.
How is the content curated within each grade level mission?
We have a group of math educators constantly creating and curating the skills within each grade level mission. If you’re an educator in the U.S., you should know that we’ve used the Common Core math standards to drive the creation and curation of all of our math skills. We believe these standards are well-written and offer a great progression through math concepts. For each of our grade level missions, the prerequisite skills from previous missions are also included.
How long does it take to complete a mission?
Just like putting a man on the moon, missions are meant to represent major commitments, and completing one should be considered a big accomplishment. With that said, the amount of time and effort it takes to complete a mission will depend on who the student is, where they start, and how fast they go. If you expect a student to take about nine months to learn an entire year’s worth of material, it’s reasonable to expect that it would take about nine months to complete a mission.
It’s important to note that completing a mission means achieving Mastery in all skills in that mission. Students will need to take Mastery Challenges on a regular basis, which mixes together problems and spaces them across days to helps students retain their math skills over time. If you’re not sure what a Mastery Challenge is, take a tour of the Learning Dashboard.
Will more missions be added?
Yes! We are in the process of comprehensively covering all high school and lower elementary math standards, and we hope to have all of K-12 math (up to and including calculus) covered by Fall 2014.
Where can I see how my students are doing on their missions?
Right now, you can filter your coach reports (Student Progress and Skill Progress) to see how students are doing within grade level missions. We’re working on making this data even easier for you to read--stay tuned!
Your students can also keep track of their progress through their learning dashboard. We display their progress in these two ways:
When hovering over this header, you can see how many skills are in each state of mastery within that grade level mission.
On the right side of their learning dashboards, students can see their progress within that mission. Each square represents a skill to be mastered. Encourage students to make all of their squares dark blue!
Can I assign my students to all complete a specific mission?
Even though your students may be at very different places within your curriculum, you can still have them all working on the same mission. Not only do we include all prerequisites within missions, we also use a student’s prior history to place them in the right starting place within their missions.
To get your students started, you’ll have to ask your students to change their missions within their own learning dashboards. However, we’re working on a feature that will enable you to propose a mission to a class of students directly through Khan Academy.
What’s coming up next?
More missions, easier ways to see where you are in a mission, and better reports for coaches to see a class’s progress through a mission.