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Press Release: Khan Academy takes an uncommon approach to the Common Core at CUE 2014

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Khan Academy takes an uncommon approach to the Common Core at CUE 2014

March 22, 2014 Palm Springs, CA – Khan Academy announced today at the 2014 Annual CUE Conference its new math resources to support teachers and students through the rollout of the Common Core. During Sal’s closing keynote, CUE conference attendees were treated to an exclusive preview of the new learning materials, including thousands of interactive exercises designed for the new standards. Sal also unveiled new grade-level math “missions” aligned to the Common Core, to ensure students can practice all the skills covered by the new standards, at their own pace, at absolutely no cost.

“This fall, the new Common Core standards are rolling out to millions of teachers and students across the country. 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.” said Salman Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy. “We’re thrilled to announce new, comprehensive math resources for teachers and students today at the Annual CUE Conference.”

The event provided an ideal setting for the announcement from Khan Academy, where Conference attendees – nearly 5,000 in total – have come to expect introductions about emerging technology, new products and best practices. “The Annual CUE Conference is an opportunity for educators to connect with their professional learning communities, be inspired and take that inspiration back to the classroom,” said Mike Lawrence, Executive Director of CUE. “Sal Khan’s announcement today is a wonderful example of this, and we are honored that Khan Academy chose the Annual CUE Conference as the venue for introducing its new Common Core-aligned math resources now available for teachers everywhere.”

Khan Academy has spent the past year working with 40 math educators to design thousands of new interactive math exercises to help prepare students for the Common Core standards. These new exercises cover conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and real-world application — the three components of rigor emphasized by the Common Core. Every single problem for every single standard is accompanied by a step-by-step solution created specifically for that problem. In order to ensure materials are rigorous and fully aligned to the Common Core, Khan Academy has also received guidance and training from several organizations involved in the design and assessment of the new standards, including Illustrative Mathematics and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Students can then work through these exercises at their own pace, through Khan Academy’s new grade-level “missions” which help students master all the concepts required by the Common Core math standards. The missions then personalize for each student using state-of-the-art, adaptive software to identify gaps, recommend new skills and show progress.

“Khan Academy has helped to make the Common Core math standards come to life in my classroom,” said Shelby Harris, 7th grade teacher who piloted the new content in Kuna, Idaho. “It is my go-to resource when lesson planning, and my students are more prepared than ever.”

To help teachers ensure their students are prepared for the Common Core, Khan Academy is offering several teacher resources. For example, teachers can now use Khan Academy’s new Common Core Map to help them quickly find math exercises by standard and assign them to students. Teachers can then use real-time reports to track each student’s progress at any time throughout the year, against the Common Core standards for each grade level and identify which students might need more attention.

More information about the new, free, math Common Core resources is now available at www.khanacademy.org/commoncore.

About Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy provides free online educational materials (e.g., practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics, teacher tools) that support personalized education for users of all ages in a scalable way. In the last two years, the organization has delivered over 360 million lessons and 1.9 billion exercise problems. Currently it has 10 million users per month and over 4 million exercise problems completed each day. Khan Academy covers subjects from basic Math to college level Biology and Art History. For more information visit www.khanacademy.org.

About CUE
Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

Contact: Charlotte Koeniger
Manager of External Relations, Khan Academy
press@khanacademy.org

Contact: Dana DuRee
Programs & Marketing Coordinator, CUE
925-478-3459, dduree@cue.org

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