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Khan Academy Debuts School Districts Offering

Khan Academy has announced a new tool kit to provide school districts with insights on how to help teachers maximize the learning potential of each student. Khan Academy Districts gives teachers, district administrators and principals support to determine the best ways to engage students using professional development and tracking student achievement through progress reports.

The non-profit began pilot testing Khan Academy Districts two years ago through a partnership with Long Beach Unified School District. A joint correlation study conducted by Khan Academy and Long Beach Unified showed that teaching with Khan Academy for one class period per week for at least 30 minutes helped students gain an additional 22 points on the state mathematics assessment.

Students in Long Beach Unified who used Khan Academy gained "twice the district average on the assessment." Both of these findings were consistent among the across student race, ethnicity, gender, family income or English language learner status.

The study assessed student progress during the 2017-2018 school year and tracked the performance of 5,500 students in the district.

"In Long Beach we continually seek ways to boost student achievement, and these results from Khan Academy are impressive. We're heartened to see the results and extremely proud of the hard work our students put in and the tremendous support their teachers provided," said Long Beach Unified superintendent Chris J. Steinhauser.

Khan Academy is working with Compton Unified School District and Madera Unified School District in California and Seminole County Public Schools to implement the new offering this school year.

More information on Khan Academy Districts can be found here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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