Math missions: Overview and FAQ

Learn about math missions and how to use them with students. 


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.

How to access missions

You can access a mission by clicking on the Subjects menu at the top of the page and select a math subject or grade-level. Next, click on the Mission tab. Note: Currently, missions are only available for math.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What material does each mission cover?
Each math mission on Khan Academy provides 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.
2. 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.
3. How are skills recommended in a mission?
As students complete skills within their mission, we’ll recommend new skills on the student's dashboard based on what we think they’re ready to learn next. We use each student's unique math history on Khan Academy to make tailored recommendations. Our goal is to provide a personalized path for all learners as they work through various subjects and grade levels. Students can also add skills that they want to practice by selecting a tile from the left hand side of the mission dashboard.
4. How do students complete a mission?
A mission is complete once the student has mastered all skills within it. To master skills, students need to do mastery challenges. Mastery challenges combine problems from different skills and space them across days to help students retain math skills over time. Find out more about the mastery system here.
5. Is there any way to customize a mission?
No, currently missions are organized by Common Core designations. If you want your students to focus only on certain skills, you can make assignments from any course. See Assignments for more details.
6. 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 any Khan Academy screen.
7. What do the students see?
Students’ learning dashboards give a personalized view of all the material in the mission you’ve assigned. It also shows student progress and personalized recommendations for what to work on next.
On the left side of the screen students will see Show all skills. They can click there to reveal all the topics in the mission.
Below each topic, they’ll see multiple squares. Each square represents a specific skill, and the student can hover over the square to see a preview of that skill. If the student clicks a square, it will add that skill to their Playlist.
On the right side of your screen, students will see a list of the topics in the mission. This area is called the Playlist. Students can click here to get started working on their mission!
8. What is a Mastery Challenge?
A Mastery Challenge is a set of questions that pull from various skills, requiring a student to demonstrate mastery of a skill after a period of rest from practicing the skill. Mastery Challenges allow students to demonstrate mastery; taking Mastery Challenges is the only way for students to achieve the Mastered status level for each math skill.
9. What is a Progress Circle?
This circle indicates the percentage of the mission mastered by a student.
10. How do I use the Progress tab?
For more information, go here.