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December 1, 2022
Vol. 80
No. 4
Newsworthy

Opening Doors to Advanced Math Courses

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      This fall, the online learning platform Khan Academy announced an effort with Howard University to bring a college-level Algebra I course to underserved schools nationwide. The course was developed by the National Education Equity Lab as part of a national education justice initiative to deliver and support college-credit-bearing courses from top colleges in high school classrooms at no cost to students. This semester, 11 high schools are offering the course. Students progress through the course via the Khan Academy platform under the guidance of their high school teachers, meet weekly on Zoom with Howard University teaching fellows, and take paper-and-pencil midterms and finals from Howard University. "This effort will help open doors of opportunity to under-resourced students around the nation who too often are gated out of educational and professional opportunities because they lack the requisite math training, by no fault of their own," said Bourama Toni, Chair of Howard University's Department of Mathematics. The Lab will open up the course to all interested Title I and Title I-eligible high schools for the spring 2023 semester.

      Esteban Bachelet is the associate writer of Educational Leadership magazine.

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