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Khan Founder Heralds Nation's First Statewide Pilot In Idaho

BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-seven schools and more than 10,000 K-12 students across Idaho will become part of the nation's first statewide pilot of the Khan Academy, the free, internationally recognized on-line education leader.

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Rebooting Idaho Schools Using Khan Academy grantees will collectively receive nearly $1.5 million for training, technology, technical assistance and assessment from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

"The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is doing more than bringing technology into Idaho classrooms, they're helping teachers reimagine how learning happens with their students," says Khan Academy founder and executive director Sal Khan.  "The educators who have received these grants were carefully selected because they had a vision of meeting every student's needs with a personalized learning experience."

After sorting through more than 75 different traditional, private, enrichment programs and charter school applications, an independent review committee identified schools and programs that demonstrated a motivation for innovation and a passion to implement the Khan Academy's personalized learning experiences for all students.

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization started by Khan in 2008. The organization's mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  Khan Academy's online materials cover subjects ranging from math and finance to history and art.  When it comes to math, Khan Academy offers not only videos, but also practice problems and rich data reports for students and teachers.  This enables all students in a class to access material that is appropriate and relevant to their unique learning needs, while teachers use real-time data to figure out how to fill gaps and challenge students at multiple levels.

Although Khan Academy has partnered with more than 40 public, charter and independent schools in California's Bay Area, Idaho's pilot will be the first statewide implementation of the Khan Academy model.

According to Khan, each Idaho pilot school will use Khan Academy resources in unique ways to suit their needs.

"In Idaho, we hope to see educators using Khan Academy to individualize their instruction," said Khan. "Instead of a one-size-fits-all lesson, teachers will be able to focus their attention on specific students who are struggling while the rest of the class engages with material appropriate for them."

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