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Khan Academy Unveils New Math Resources for Common Core

Attendees at last week's CUE 2014 conference in Palm Springs, CA got a sneak peek at Khan Academy's new math learning materials designed to support Common Core. The resources, offered free of charge, were unveiled during the closing keynote session presented by Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan.

"This fall, the new Common Core standards are rolling out to millions of teachers and students across the country," said Khan in a prepared statement. "And while the standards may be common, we know that students are not -- every student has their own learning journey. This is why we are committed to personalized learning that lets students practice what they most need help on and lets teachers see where each student might need extra attention."

The new materials include interactive math exercises. The drills focus on "conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and real-world application -- the three components of rigor emphasized by the Common Core." Each exercise, for each standard, comes with a detailed explanation of the solution.

Students move through the program, at their own pace, completing "missions" along the way. These grade-level exercises aim to help students "master all the concepts required by the Common Core math standards." Missions are personalized for each learner. The system uses adaptive software that pinpoints areas of struggle, suggests new skills and tracks student progress.

The new math materials were developed and assessed in partnership with educators and education organizations, including Illustrative Mathematics and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Khan Academy also offers a number of resources designed to help educators get ready for Common Core. The site includes a Common Core Map – to help find math drills by standard – and real-time reports that measure student performance against Common Core standards.

Additional information about the new math materials is available at Khan Academy's web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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