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Why are my students achieving “practiced” on skills without answering five questions in a row correctly?

In the past, learners had to answer five questions in a row correctly to achieve “practiced” on a skill. To help students complete their missions more efficiently, we have adjusted this requirement.

For every skill, Khan Academy predicts the learner’s likelihood of answering the next question correctly based on their past performance on related skills. This is the learner’s predicted accuracy on that skill. If one or two correct answers will push the learner’s predicted accuracy on that skill above 80%, the student will be able to achieve “practiced” by answering only one or two questions correctly.

The goal of this change is to allow students to show what they know more quickly and focus their time on learning the skills they don’t know yet. However, we recognize that some teachers prefer to require their students to answer five problems in a row correctly for the sake of practice. There are two ways to accomplish this goal:

  1. Make a coach recommendation. Whenever you recommend a skill to a student, you can choose how many problems in a row they must answer correctly.
  2. Have students add skills to their own learning dashboard by scrolling to the very bottom where it says "Find and add a skill." For skills added in this way, the student will always have to answer five problems in a row correctly. 
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