Similar to other studies of Khan Academy, this is an implementation study. It was conducted in two districts, with six participating 7th grade classrooms and three teachers. The study puts forth questions about who Khan Academy is serving best and the learning affordances of different features of the product. The study’s data are primarily qualitative in nature, drawn from over 28 Khan Academy-focused classroom observations, focus groups with over 100 students, and teacher interviews.
Overall, the study found that Khan Academy is a useful tool, and that teachers and students appreciated it as a resource for practice and reinforcement of math learning. At the same time, we also have concerns about the potential of edtech products like Khan Academy to, unintentionally, exacerbate the achievement gap. We hope this study will be a call for additional research into how to best support struggling learners, and that developers integrate that research into their product designs.