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Education Department Launches $3 Million Evaluation of Khan Academy

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a $3 million randomized-control trial to gauge the effectiveness of Khan Academy, the now-ubiquitous online-learning site that popularlized the “flipped classroom” model.

WestEd’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division was awarded the grant to study the use of Khan Academy’s online tutoring library in community college math classes. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, California community college algebra teachers who are not already familiar with the program will be randomly assigned to either use the Khan resources or their regular practice.

WestEd researchers Yvonne Kao and Steve Schneider, the director of its STEM program, will track students to determine whether those in classes using the Khan resources are more likely to complete Algebra I, as well as identify teacher training, course structure and other factors that affect how well the materials are integrated into the larger course.