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After seeing substantial score gains in a pilot study, Khan Academy launches a new offering for school districts

Two years ago, Khan Academy started a pilot program with Long Beach Unified School District in Long Beach, California, to explore how to work with teachers and unlock student potential. Bolstered by the pilot’s success, we’re pleased to announce the introduction of Khan Academy Districts, a landmark new offering for school districts across the country.

In addition to Long Beach Unified, Compton Unified School District and Madera Unified School District in California and Seminole County Public Schools in Florida will use Khan Academy Districts this school year. 


Khan Academy and Long Beach Unified conducted a joint correlational study in the 2017-2018 school year of more than 5,000 students. Research shows:

  • Teaching with Khan Academy for one class period per week for at least 30 minutes was associated with students gaining an additional 22 points on the state mathematics assessment.
  • Long Beach Unified reported students who used Khan Academy gained twice the district average on the state assessment.
  • Findings held true regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, family income, or English language learner status.

Long Beach Unified is the third largest school district in California and serves one of the most diverse cities in the United States.

We hope that Khan Academy Districts will give teachers across the United States the tools to deliver meaningful learning gains for every student in their classrooms. We’re proud to partner with districts to unlock student potential, with a focus on underserved populations.

Khan Academy Districts provides tools, professional development, and data insights to help teachers, district administrators, and principals drive student achievement district wide. District leaders gain insights into student progress via reports on usage and impact. Students have access to materials at a level just right for them. Additionally, teachers receive year-round, wrap-around support. 

Khan Academy Districts is available for school districts everywhere for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested districts can learn more here

Onwards!

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Engineering principles help us scale to better meet our mission

Growth is a goal for every organization and company. At Khan Academy, our nonprofit mission is to reach all learners around the world whose lives can be improved with access to a free education. To give you an idea of our growth towards our mission, today 18 million people learn on Khan Academy every month, up from nine million in 2016. 

How have we been able to deliver more content, more features, and continually improved experiences for our users? Our VP of Engineering, Marta Kosarchyn, shares out a powerful and an often overlooked strategy for scaling growth. Read more in the Khan Engineering blog. Inspired by our mission? Be sure to check out our careers page.


Making the right shifts keeps things running smoothly.  Photo by Alok Sharma on Unsplash

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Meet the Best Presentation winner at the first-ever  Khan Academy Ambassador Summer Summit

Amy Forsythe is a high school math teacher as Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. Amy attended our inaugural Khan Academy Ambassador Summer Summit in July and we’re delighted to share this guest blog post!

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By Amy Forsythe

My experience at the the pilot Khan Academy Ambassador Summer Summit—#KhanCon—was amazing! 

My expectation was that I would learn some new tricks for using Khan Academy in my classroom and maybe even get some insider info on what changes will be taking place in the future, and that definitely happened. I not only heard things that will help me in my classroom, but I also got great tips on how Khan Academy can help others.   

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While those tangible learnings were huge, the real WOW moments for me were the connections I made with other Ambassadors and the Khan Academy staff. It is an incredible experience to be around others who share your passion for something. We realized how much we all have in common despite being from different states, different subject areas, different grade levels, and different types of schools.  

I was also overwhelmed by how much the Khan Academy staff wanted to talk with us and learn about how we use their resources and what challenges we face. I was asked my opinion on things so many times! I was constantly talking with Khan Academy staff during breaks, lunch, and any other times we could find! I didn’t anticipate that. 

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A theme that kept coming up was looking at student growth over time rather than assignment scores alone, meaning we collectively valued looking at where a student started off and tracking their improvement. With Khan Academy, different students can have different goals for growth and mastery of specific skills—working methodically from the foundation up to more advanced learning—that they can keep track of themselves so that all students are appropriately challenged. In the past, I’ve focused more on individual assignments. But coming out of the Khan Academy Ambassador Summer Summit, I’d like to do more with growth and mastery.

It was so obvious that the Khan Academy staff wanted to do more than just make a great product. They really want to help teachers have a great impact. Seeing people working so hard to help me do my job more effectively made me so happy!  

I left #KhanCon knowing more about how to use Khan Academy in my classroom and also knowing that there are so many people who really value what teachers do and want to help them reach as many students as possible, as effectively as possible.  

That is simply amazing.

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2018 in review: Annual Report

Last year more than 70 million people used Khan Academy. Even more importantly 1.5 million of those users spent enough time on Khan Academy to lead to significant academic results. Wow!

We are so proud of everyone who spent time learning on Khan Academy and are especially grateful to our community of supporters who make it all possible. 

Check out some of the things we accomplished in 2018! 

1. World-class learning around the world
More people than ever before use Khan Academy to learn and reach their potential!

World map of usage in 2018 

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2. Equalizing access to college
Students’ ability to achieve their goals shouldn’t depend on their families’ ability to pay for test prep.

In 2018, 2.3 million students used Khan Academy to prepare for the SAT.

3. Doing more to reach the students who need it most
Lack of access to quality education is a persistent barrier to progress in the United States. This lack of opportunity disproportionately affects low-income families and students of color. To help make sure that all students have equal access, Khan Academy partners with teachers and school districts, particularly those who are reaching underserved students. Right now the population of students using Khan Academy mirrors the population of students in the United States. And we want to do even more to bring academic resources to those who need it.

US public school students by school income level

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US public school students by school race distribution

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4. Getting our littlest learners ready for kindergarten.
In July 2018, Khan Academy launched Khan Academy Kids, a free mobile app primarily for children ages two to six with no ads or in-app purchases.

In just five months we saw strong participation:

  • 1.4 million downloads
  • 5 million books read
  • 22 million math activities finished
  • 5 million social-emotional activities completed

These are just a few of the incredible things we were able to accomplish in 2018!

Check out our newly released 2018 annual report to learn more.

We’ve continued to make progress in 2019, and we plan to do even more. If you would like to be a part of the difference we are making, please give today!

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Helping aspiring teachers reach higher with new Official Praxis® Core Prep

Teachers and students are the heart of all that we do at Khan Academy. That’s why it was a no-brainer for us to partner with ETS,  the makers of the Praxis® exams, to help aspiring teachers enter the profession. Our new Khan Academy Official Praxis® Core Prep is a free, first-of-its-kind preparation resource which is now available for tomorrow’s educators. 

Watch our announcement video

Aspiring teachers can use Official Praxis® Core Prep to create a personalized learning plan to prepare for the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) test, a key exam for many candidates entering teacher preparation programs. Using Official Praxis® Core Prep can strengthen the reading, writing, and math skills needed to succeed on the Praxis® Core test, in teacher preparation programs, and in the classroom.  

“There are a lot of resources out there that say they will help you, but they are expensive and you never know if they will really help,” said Vivica Foster, an aspiring teacher in Ohio who was part of the Official Praxis® Core Prep beta test. “Not only is it amazing that this program is free, but the number and variety of practice questions available really tested my knowledge and prepared me for test day."          

Together, Khan Academy and ETS hope to widen the path to teacher preparation programs and help diversify the teacher pipeline. A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research underscores the importance of diversifying the pool of teachers. The study shows that having a Black teacher increases Black students’ high school graduation rates and likelihood of enrolling in college.                 

Official Praxis® Core Prep diagnoses teacher candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Each learner then receives a personalized study plan to remediate skill gaps and help them succeed on test day. Official Praxis® Core Prep guides teacher candidates through a series of in-depth instructional materials—including practice questions, videos, and tips—that meet their unique needs. The program focuses on key subject matter areas and takes into consideration the time available to study for the test.

Khan Academy has a proven track record of leveling the playing field by providing access to high-quality test prep resources. Official Praxis® Core Prep is Khan Academy’s third free and official test prep program for high-stakes standardized exams. In 2015, Khan Academy launched Official SAT Practice with the College Board. Research shows this resource has driven substantial SAT score improvements regardless of gender, family income, race, or ethnicity with similar usage rates across demographics. In 2018 Khan Academy launched Official LSAT Prep, which is being used by more and more by aspiring law students, particularly African Americans, women, and economically disadvantaged students. 

To explore Khan Academy Official Praxis® Core Prep and begin practicing, visit https://www.khanacademy.org/praxis-core

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