The Long Beach Unified School District is expanding its partnership with the nonprofit Khan Academy, which provides online tutorials and other materials to help boost student achievement.
LBUSD is one of three school districts working with Khan to use a new “Khan Academy Districts” program, which provides special tools, training and data insights to help teachers, principals and school district administrators improve student achievement districtwide.
“Teachers are the heart of learning,” said Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. “With Khan Academy Districts, teachers have access to content they trust plus the tools and district support they need to accelerate their classrooms in ways they’ve always wanted.”
Khan Academy’s mastery learning system and content platform include thousands of exercises, videos and articles that cover a range of K–12 subjects, and they’re free for teachers, students, parents and learners around the world. More than 18 million learners use Khan Academy every month.
Khan Academy and LBUSD conducted a joint study in the 2017-18 school year of more than 5,000 students. Research shows:
- Teaching with Khan Academy for one class period per week, for at least 30 minutes, is associated with students gaining an additional 22 points on the state math assessment.
- LBUSD students who use Khan Academy gain twice the district average on the state assessment.
- Findings hold true regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, family income or English language learner status.
“In Long Beach we continually seek ways to boost student achievement,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said. “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.”
Students have access to Khan materials at the level just right for them, and teachers receive year-round support.
“Khan Academy has been a great support for students and teachers,” Millikan High School teacher Erin Hill said. “Teachers have been given the power to choose the tools they need to be most effective and give their students the resources needed to be most successful in the classroom.”
Other participating school districts include Madera Unified and Compton Unified. The program will become available to school districts everywhere in the 2020-21 school year.