Khan Academy’s bold mission is to offer a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In order to move toward this mission, the Khan Academy team has been working on a new system to track a students learning progress in all courses, all devices, and over time in many languages. We call this the Mastery System and it has been in development and testing for nearly a year. For more information about how learners, including your students, will experience Course and Unit Mastery, check out this article.
Along with the new student experience, we have also built teacher tools, reports, and supports to help teachers incorporate student-paced mastery learning into their classrooms.
When using Khan for student-paced practice in a class, a teacher enables students to work independently towards mastery of a specific course (for example, Algebra I). Teachers receive detailed data about each student’s performance when they complete practice. Teachers may also help with prioritizing specific skills by assigning them to their students.
Note: While the Course Challenge can help learners achieve Course Mastery, the Course Challenge can't be assigned.
Benefits of Khan Academy’s student-paced practice in the classroom
- Students develop their agency by moving through content at their own pace.
- Teachers can often see that there is there is no one exercise that all or most students need to work on at the same time, and mastery learning enables each students to be working on an exercise that fits their individual needs.
Note: At this moment teachers are not able to edit or delete course mastery goals, but we are working to make this available as soon as possible.
How to use student-paced practice in the classroom
- Select the course you want to teach.
- Assign course-level mastery to one, some, or all students. We know that students in your class may not all be on the same level, and may require remediation or extension, so we encourage you to assign the course that is most appropriate given students' incoming levels.
Teachers will be able to assign course mastery as a goal via the content tab for any course that has the course master option. For Fall 2018, teachers can assign only 100% course mastery. As with assignments, mastery goals will have due dates. These will default to 6 months in the future, but because a course encompasses a year's worth of material, teachers may want to adjust this to align with their school year, or class or individual expectations. In addition, teachers can assign course mastery of courses they are not teaching (helpful in cases of remediation or extension). To do this, teachers must add that course to their Content tab (select the course in the class settings or by editing the courses in the content tab--see the screenshot below), and make a 100% course mastery goal for that course.
- Students will now see their new mastery goal on their homepage and assignments tab.
- Students will go through Khan Academy and collect Mastery Points when they master skills and units. They will also be prompted to work on the next relevant material after completing each task.
- The total mastery points in the unit
- The mastery progress bar showing the student’s progress toward 100% unit mastery
- The summary of skills in the unit, including bars to indicate achievement levels for each skill.
- A bar showing how many points a student has collected for a specific skill
- Track your students' mastery progress at the course level to see how the class is trending as a whole.
Teachers see each student's mastery percentage (the total mastery points accumulated to date over the total possible mastery points to accumulate in that course). Teachers also can look at the bar chart to visualize how their class is trending towards its goals. We include a median percentage mastered figure as a quick way for teachers to track class progress. Hovering over the bars shows which students fall into each specific category. Teachers can also elect to hide students - which collapses individual students names and allows for teachers to project course mastery while maintaining privacy.
When digging into a specific unit, teachers see the classes ‘unit mastery’ towards that specific unit. (a percentage based on total mastery points accumulated in that unit/total available mastery points in that unit.) Similar to course mastery, teachers can see a bar chart visualizing class progress, and can hide student names to project. If teachers want to dig into individual skills to identify what to focus on in class, they can see all underlying skills and student progress on that skill. Under the unit bar charts, Teachers can see a breakdown of student performance on specific skills within the unit.
- You can encourage your students' mastery of a specific unit at any time! Assign a unit to a class, group, or individual directly from the progress page to make data-driven decisions about assignments. Khan Academy supports student agency by generating suggestions for what to work on next for motivation and clarity of movement through the course.
For more information about the Mastery System, check out this article.
Also, please note that we will be continuing to improve these new features over the coming days and weeks, and this article will be updated regularly to reflect any changes!