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Phillips Academy in Andover joins forces with Web-educator Khan Academy

Bill Scott is one of 16 faculty members on the Phillips team.
Bill Scott is one of 16 faculty members on the Phillips team.Juliette Lynch for Tthe Boston Globe

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Phillips Academy in Andover has started collaborating with Khan Academy , a nonprofit organization that provides a free, world-class education in a variety of subjects to anyone with access to the Internet.

The academy, whose users include teachers, parents, principals, and students in kindergarten to Grade 12, wanted to provide Advanced Placement calculus materials that meet the College Board’s Common Core state standards.

“There is enormous power in using open education to make available the kinds of materials that are available in great education institutions,” said the head of school at Phillips Academy, John Palfrey Jr.. “There’s no greater platform to share educational materials than through Khan Academy.”

Palfrey and his faculty are confident the school’s strong math department can handle the challenge of creating about 2,400 calculus problems to fulfill the website’s needs.

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