A case study conducted at Oakland Unity High School, Oakland, California revealed how poor learning habits and low confidence caused students to perform below par in basic algebra and arithmetic skills. Looking to sort this out, the school implemented a blended learning model using Khan Academy videos. Teachers noted that students were better engaged and supported, which resulted in improved study habits and higher test scores: from a class average of 37 per cent to a class average of 74 per cent within one year.
We believe that our use of Khan Academy is resulting in a fundamental change in student character – with responsibility replacing apathy and effort replacing laziness. We believe that this character change is the primary reason behind the stunning results we are beginning to experience – at both the class level and in individual students.