NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Education today announced that it will make McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, its adaptive study tool, available for students in high school, providing teachers and schools with a digital solution that has been proven to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. LearnSmart, originally developed by McGraw-Hill Education with Area9 for the higher education market, will assist schools and teachers in overcoming one of K-12 education's biggest challenges: better preparing students for their current coursework as well as success in college and their future careers.
LearnSmart seeks to personalize learning by using algorithmic technology to continually assess students' knowledge, skill and confidence levels and design targeted study paths based on the resulting data to bolster students' understanding in the areas where they need to improve the most. By allowing students to focus their outside-of-class study time on the topics and concepts that are most challenging to them, LearnSmart has been shown to help students study more efficiently, develop greater proficiency and earn better grades. According to a study released last year, college students using McGraw-Hill LearnSmart were transformed from C students to B students, and B students into A students – a true testament to the power of adaptive learning technology and LearnSmart's ability to help students study smarter.
"We've seen how LearnSmart's adaptive technology has benefitted millions of college students and professors – raising grades, allowing instructors to use lecture time on higher level topics – and we are confident that it will give high school students and their teachers a similar edge," said Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School Education. "With 40 percent of students graduating from high school not prepared for the rigor of college, we have an acute need to better prepare our students for success not only in high school but in college and their careers, and we think that personalized learning through adaptive technology will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal."
LearnSmart's ability to adapt to students' individual learning needs and styles stems from the vast amount of student data already in the system. Since the launch of LearnSmart into the higher education market in 2009, more than 1 million students have already answered more than 1 billion questions through LearnSmart, giving McGraw-Hill Education a deep understanding of how students learn and perform within an adaptive learning environment.