Research agency WestEd to survey 2015-2016 school year.
By The American Bazaar Staff
WASHINGTON, DC: The impeccable credentials and worthiness of the Khan Academy, the revolutionary non-profit online educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan – which by 2013 was used by about 10 million students per month, and its micro lectures watched over 458 million times – is now going to be scrutinized by the US Department of Education, to see how effective it really is in helping students in community colleges succeed in math courses.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $3 million grant to research agency WestEd’s STEM program for the study, according to a release issued by WestEd.
“Until now, there has never been a rigorous, large-scale efficacy study of Khan Academy, in community colleges or in K-12 settings,” says Steve Schneider, director of WestEd’s STEM program.
The study, which will take place during the 2015-2016 school year, will measure whether Khan Academy makes a difference in Algebra I courses in California community colleges through a randomized controlled trial.
This spring, research institution SRI International published a report, funded by the Gates Foundation, on how schools used Khan Academy in math classes. Although educators voiced challenges integrating the online material into their curricula, the study largely reported positive results from supplementing in-person learning with Khan Academy. Direct effects on student outcomes, however, were inconclusive.
The founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States to a father from Barisal, Bangladesh and mother from Calcutta, India. He has three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a B.S. in mathematics, a M.Sc. in electrical engineering and computer science, and an MEng in electrical engineering and computer science, and pursued an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Khan Academy has received generous funding over the years, including a $2 million grant from Google in 2010.