Khan Academy Challenge - Pledge Your School Today

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Are your students using Khan Academy to increase academic achievement measured by the SAT suite of assessments? Now's your chance to get your students on board! MASSP has teamed up with the College Board and the Michigan College Access Network to launch the Khan Academy Challenge Pledge. Our goal is for students and schools across the state to realize the benefits of free practice on Khan Academy. It's easy to sign on and the benefits are fantastic for all those involved.

Khan Academy Challenge Pledge

By signing onto the pledge, schools will commit to ensuring that students have:

  • A single College Board account with accurate and current profile information, including:
    • Student's full name (as bubbled on College Board Answer Sheet documents)
    • Date of Birth
    • School name
    • Graduation year
    • Directory information
  • All College Board assessment scores for the student loaded into the single College Board account.
  • A single Khan Academy account.
  • A successful linking between the student’s College Board account and their Khan Academy account.
  • At least 10 hours of customized Khan Academy SAT practice, delivered in at least 20 sessions.
  • At least one Official SAT practice test scored using the College Board Daily Practice for the New SAT app. (Note: this must be documented by school staff)

Click here to download a pledge form and get started. Please return your signed Challenge Pledge to Ted Gardella at tgardella@collegeboard.org no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Pledges received after this time will not be counted.

Benefits for Participating in the Challenge Pledge

Not only will your students benefit greatly from using Khan Academy, but by signing onto Michigan's Khan Academy Challenge Pledge there's a wealth of other benefits available.

All schools participating in the Challenge Pledge will receive:

  • Support from the sponsoring organizations to optimize participation
  • Enhanced Data Reports from the College Board on student use of Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, including minutes engaged and problems completed, by school and by grade level.

Schools that reach the following levels of student participation will receive recognition at the Michigan Official SAT Practice Challenge Conference (to be scheduled), as well as an electronic banner certifying their level – suitable for posting on district and/or school websites.

  • Bronze – 70% of students participating, with at least 10 hours of practice and one practice test.
  • Silver – 80% of students participating, with at least 12 hours of practice and one practice test.
  • Gold – 90% of students participating, with at least 15 hours of practice and one practice test.
  • Platinum – 90% of students participating, with at least 20 hours of practice, one practice test, and documented score improvements via school staff.

Click here to download a pledge form and get started. Please return your signed Challenge Pledge to Ted Gardella at tgardella@collegeboard.org no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Pledges received after this time will not be counted.

Why Use Free Practice on Khan Academy?

Khan Academy and the College Board have released new data linking Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to substantial score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the redesigned SAT. The extensive study, which includes nearly 250,000 students from the graduating class of 2017 who took the new PSAT/NMSQT and the new SAT in the past year, connects time spent practicing on Khan Academy with score improvement on the SAT. Practice advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA.

Check out these impressive highlights:

Studying for the SAT for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use Khan Academy.

When students practiced for shorter periods of time, there were still meaningful score gains. For example, 6-8 hours of practice was associated with an average 90-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.

Many students are seeing extraordinary results. Out of nearly 250,000 test takers studied, more than 16,000 gained 200 points or more between the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.

Need More Proof? Want More Resources? We’ve Got It!

We've put together a resource page to help you sign onto the challenge and get your students, staff and others on board. Visit the website for more information, including:

  • A copy of the Pledge form
  • One-page about the reasons to use Khan Academy
  • The Official SAT Practice Flyer
  • An infographic highlighting student score gains to share on websites, newsletters, social media, or in classrooms
  • A one-pager featuring stories from students who benefited from Official SAT Practice
  • A video created by the College Board called "Better Takes Practice."
  • New York Times article “Owning Your Own Future” about PSAT/SAT practice.
  • Northview High School’s student video on the impact of Khan Academy practice.