Efficacy of Khan Academy: research reports

Idaho Research Study by FSG

During the 2013–2014 school year, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation supported a statewide pilot initiative for Khan Academy in Idaho.  A group of 173 teachers, 10,500 students, one funder, a local university, and a small team from Khan Academy—all came together to explore the possibilities of personalized learning.  In Spring 2015, FSG published this report on its findings. This report highlights five key principles in adopting personalized learning on a mass scale, case studies of teachers who participated in the pilot, and an analysis on their students' overall academic success.

SRI International

Khan Academy collaborated with a number of schools and with SRI International to study various types of classroom use and the effects of different implementation approaches on teaching and learning. SRI published this research on March 7, 2014. The research brief summarizes SRI's findings while the implementation report goes into more depth.
Dr. Robert Murphy, who helped lead SRI’s research team, shared some of his key learnings and observations with the World Bank, which summarized them in this blog post. This short post can be a useful resource for others thinking about research studies.

Education Development Center

EDC independently investigated how teachers in Chile use Khan Academy with their students and published this study on February 6, 2014. It’s another great starting point for folks interested in conducting research.