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A very special thank you to Matt Swinand of McGraw-Hill/ALEKS for supporting the College in High School (CHS) 35th Anniversary! Read on to learn more about our newest supporter.


Why did McGraw-Hill/ALEKS choose to support the 35th Anniversary? What attracted ALEKS to CHS?

McGraw-Hill Education/ALEKS has had the privilege of partnering with the University of Pittsburgh to provide the mathematics placement assessment for CHS students and incoming students to the University. We believe in the mission of CHS and are proud to be in a partnership to ensure students are successful in getting a head start on college.

What is the mission of McGraw-Hill/ALEKS?

Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

ALEKS is a leader in the creation of web-based, artificially intelligent, educational software. ALEKS assessment and learning technologies were originally developed by a team of cognitive scientists and software engineers at the University of California, Irvine, with major funding from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS is founded on groundbreaking research in mathematical cognitive science known as Knowledge Space Theory.  Through adaptive questioning, ALEKS accurately assesses a student's knowledge state and then delivers targeted instruction on the exact topics the student is most ready to learn.

ALEKS has been used by millions of students in over 100 different mathematics, science, and business courses at thousands of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world.

In what ways do you see McGraw-Hill/ALEKS and CHS working together?

In addition to ensuring students are prepared for success in CHS mathematics courses, we look forward to exploring how McGraw-Hill Education can support other course areas, as well as partner on college readiness initiatives with CHS participants.

What is the value of supporting STEM education in high school?

We firmly believe that exposing students to STEM subjects in high school not only helps develop students’ ability to think critically and problem solve, but it also exposes students to new career and vocational options they may have never considered, ensuring they are best prepared for first-year science classes in college.

What message does McGraw-ALEKS want to send to high school students and teachers?

Throughout human history, we have strived to acquire new knowledge and skills to better our circumstance and improve our lives. Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. Technology continues to evolve to help those educators impart knowledge more efficiently. 

But the way students receive and manage information has changed over the years and education technology has not been able to keep pace. Until now.

Students need products that adapt to their individual learning styles and unique circumstances. They need digital tools that help them make the most of limited study time. Today’s students want mobile access to their study resources so learning can happen whenever and wherever they are. Students and educators also need analytics that help empower them both and bring them closer together to make the most of every interaction. And they need all of these to be proven effective. Students need and deserve these things because education has never been more important.

Helping students attain their goals and achieve their dreams helps everyone. When people learn, develop, gain confidence and succeed, their lives improve and we get a better workforce, a stronger economy, and a brighter tomorrow for us all.

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking that brighter future lies with the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.

We believe that harnessing technology will enhance learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, and will deepen the connections between students and educators to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, McGraw-Hill Education’s learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and deepen engagement for each individual student while improving outcomes for all.