Inland schools, company team up for free online tutoring
By Stephen Wall
Thousands of students across Southern California could benefit from free online resources to get them ready for college.
Five county offices of education — Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Imperial — have joined forces with the Bay Area nonprofit Khan Academy. The Long Beach Unified School District is also taking part.
The lessons and materials, which will match the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade academic standards, will be available when the new school year starts in August.
“This is a huge win for students across our county,” said Dan Evans, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office, which serves 406,000 students in 33 school districts. “It’s going to give students great access to things that are really going to prepare them for their futures.”
A Khan Academy representative is expected to give details of the plan at a school leadership conference Tuesday, June 20, in Lake Arrowhead, Evans said. The group is offering the its services to schools for free, he said.
The nonprofit’s online tutoring site has more than 2,400 videos and materials in math, science, engineering, economics, history, computer programming and other subjects.
Khan Academy spokeswoman Barb Kunz could not be reached for comment Monday, June 12.
Mark Lim, a counselor at Ramona High School in Riverside, applauded the move.
Students in Advancement Via Individual Determination classes already use Khan online tips and strategies to study for SAT tests, he said.
“I think it will be a very useful tool for families that might not be able to afford sending their child to a test prep workshop where it costs money,” Lim said. “That might be a financial hardship for some of our families.”
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Judy White praised the effort in a video produced by the Orange County Department of Education.