We’ve got a lot of content on Khan Academy, and it grows every day. Which is why we created math missions to help learners focus on the grade-level or subject-level of their choice. Missions are personalized math experiences in which students can learn at their own pace, master skills that are challenging and appropriate for their level, and use hints and videos to learn and review.
You can access a mission by clicking on the "Subjects" menu at the top and start exploring any math subject or grade-level!
Note: Currently, missions are only available for math, but we hope to expand to other subjects in the future!
What material does each mission cover?
Each math mission on Khan Academy provides complete standards-aligned coverage of a particular grade level or subject. Additionally, most of our missions include mission foundations, which provide a quick review of prerequisites and check learners’ preparedness for grade- or subject-level material.
How are missions created?
All the exercises for our math missions are created and reviewed by experienced math educators. To ensure that our missions include comprehensive coverage of the Common Core, we’ve worked with organizations involved in the design and assessment of these standards, including Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Illustrative Mathematics. Additionally, we’ve implemented a rigorous continuous improvement process to ensure that all our missions are refined on an ongoing basis.
How do I start a mission?
You can access a mission on Khan Academy from the “Subjects” menu at the top left of your screen. As you complete skills within your mission, we’ll recommend new skills on your dashboard based on what we think you’re ready to learn next. We use your unique math history on Khan Academy to make the very best recommendations. Our goal is to provide a personalized path for all learners as they work through various subjects and grade levels.
How do I complete a mission?
A mission is complete once you’ve mastered all skills within it - including mission foundations, or prerequisite skills. To master skills, you'll need to do mastery challenges on a regular basis. Mastery challenges mix together different types of problems and space them across days to helps you retain your math skills over time. Find out more about the mastery system here.
Is there any way to customize a mission?
No, currently missions are organized by Common Core designations. If you want to focus only on certain skills, you can create a study guide (which is simply a list of skills or videos), or use KA in its library view (shown below).
How can I see what’s in a particular mission?
The best way to see what’s in a mission is to try it out yourself! You can access any mission on Khan Academy from the “Subjects” menu at the top left of your screen.
Within any mission, there are two ways to view content:
Your learning dashboard gives a personalized view of all the material in the mission you’ve chosen. It also shows your progress and personalized recommendations for what to work on next.
1. On the left side of the dashboard, you’ll see a link that says “Show all skills.” Click it to see a list of topics within the mission. Below each topic, you’ll see multiple squares. Each square represents a specific skill, and you can hover over the square to see a preview of that skill.
2. To switch to library view, click the “View full list” link at the top right of your screen
The library view shows how your mission is structured. It’s similar to the table of contents in a textbook.
1. On the right side of your screen, you’ll see a list of the topics in the mission. You’ll notice that the topics here are the same ones you saw on the left side of your learning dashboard, with one exception: Mission foundations appear on the dashboard but not in library view. You can click any topic to see a list of the skills in that topic, along with associated videos. You can then click any skill or video to access it.
2. To switch to dashboard view, click the “Get a personal path” link at the top right of your screen, or use the “Subjects” menu.
For more information on specific missions and their contents, download this guide as a PDF: What is a mission?