Art of Problem Solving and its programs have been featured in the following news outlets.
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Quanta on How Art Of Problem Solving Unveils Math’s Beauty
Math is beautiful. But most students won’t get to see that beauty until it's too late.
Quanta interviewed AoPS Founder Richard Rusczyk on how Art of Problem Solving teaches math as a creative discipline, and why the accumulation of knowledge isn't the end goal of learning – rather, it's about being playful, open, and willing to try new things.
The New Yorker
New Yorker Magazine Features Richard Rusczyk and AoPS Global Community
“Exceptionally gifted young math students often find classroom math unbearably easy and tedious,” wrote Ingfei Chen in a New Yorker magazine feature.
“By offering online instruction in math that’s more complex than what’s in standard gifted-and-talented programs, AoPS has become a lifeline for math whizzes,” Chen continues.
The New Yorker article profiles AoPS Founder Richard Rusczyk and details how Art of Problem Solving has grown into what it is today: A place for advanced young math students to find challenge and community.
WestEd ran an independent evaluation of AoPS's Beast Academy program in Mankato Area Public Schools, a K–12 school district in Mankato, Minnesota. The study measured the impact of Beast Academy on 1,027 students enrolled in grades 2 through 4 over a two-year period.
Students who used Beast Academy an average of 30 minutes per week gained 1-2 grade levels on their spring 2021 National MAP Assessment Scores, as compared to those who didn’t use Beast Academy.
Perfect Math Scores? Your Student Might Be Under-Challenged
Parents often view perfect scores as the benchmark for success — evidence that their child is doing well in school. In this Forbes article, AoPS Founder Richard Rusczyk disagrees.
"It's time we start seeing [perfect scores] as signs that kids are under-challenged," Rusczyk says. Otherwise, "we're teaching kids that you have to get it right every time."
And that's just not the case for challenges these students will face in school and in life.
The article goes on to explore how an academic struggle can be beneficial and the downsides of students not being challenged enough from a young age.
AoPS Puts OpenAI's Text Generator to Work
WIRED details OpenAI's expansion into the commercial landscape, including its partnership with Art of Problem Solving (AoPS). AoPS uses OpenAI's text generator (update: now, GPT-3) to evaluate student's work and suggest comments on student submissions, improving the quality of the feedback and speeding up the work of graders.
Why Advanced Math Has Surged, and the Programs Providing Access
This Atlantic article covers the growing popularity of advanced math among middle and high school students in the U.S. and the programs that have risen to serve that need, particularly among low- and middle-income students.
“The appetite among families for this kind of math instruction,” Rusczyk says in the article, “seems boundless.”
Both Art of Problem Solving programming and BEAM (Bridge to Advanced Mathematics), a project of the AoPS initiative, are profiled.