Sal Khan Opens College Board National Forum 2014 with Discussion of Khan Academy; Partnership with the College Board
Sal Khan Opens College Board National Forum 2014 with Discussion of Khan Academy; Partnership with the College BoardAndrew Elwell, Associate Director of Digital Communications, College Board
College Board President and CEO David Coleman introduced Khan to conference attendees, elaborating on the College Board’s recently announced partnership with Khan Academy. He noted that students will be able to create a personalized practice plan that adapts to their needs and provides support where they need it most.
“Preparation is one thing, but practice is everything. What we are doing with Khan Academy is getting kids to practice in a way that will prepare them for college courses,” Coleman said.
Khan regaled the audience with the story of Khan Academy’s formation: he began shooting tutorial videos for his cousin and uploading them to YouTube. What he thought would be an educational experiment among family members grew into something larger as his videos racked up more and more viewers and comments.
“I don’t know how many of you spend time on YouTube, but most of the comments are not thank you,” he joked with the audience.
Khan’s videos did receive plenty of positive reaction from YouTube users though, from a student attributing them for a recent A to a soldier thanking Khan for helping him prepare to return to school.
A seed was planted, and Khan decided to leave his job and focus his attention on Khan Academy, whose mission would be to change education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. With support from passionate donors and advocates like Bill Gates, Khan Academy became a force in education. To-date Khan Academy has answered more than 2.5 billion problems for its more than 12 million unique monthly users.
Together, Khan Academy and the College Board are partnering to make sure that all students have access to a quality education. The partnership will start by providing free, best-in-class SAT test preparation to all students.
“What you’re hearing on stage is only the beginning of this partnership with the College Board,” Khan said.
Khan closed out the opening plenary by sharing Khan Academy’s “You Can Learn Anything” video and reiterating his passion for accessible education.
"Together we can make education, which has always been scarce and expensive, a fundamental human right,” he said.