IXL Insights – Printable Certificates

October 4, 2012

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What’s black and white and read all over?  A refrigerator covered in IXL certificates!

Parents, you’ve already heard about IXL’s game boards that reward kids with cool virtual prizes.  Kids love earning them, but what about something a little more…tangible?  You got it!

Every time your child reaches a milestone on IXL for number of problems practiced, amount of time spent practicing, or grade level proficiency, he or she receives a personalized certificate to celebrate that achievement.  View the certificates by going to the News Flashes report in the Reports tab and clicking the printer icon.  Then print them out and stick them up!

For a special touch, kids can decorate their certificates with stickers, make their own picture frames, or laminate them before putting them on display.  Not enough space on the fridge?  Create a whole “wall of fame” that your child can keep adding to.  You can even conduct a mini award ceremony!

Kids love to share their accomplishments, and they especially love sharing them with you.  IXL certificates present the perfect opportunity to celebrate your child’s success as a family.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Judith Ann Mcdermott October 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Great article. Thank you to tell us more useful information. I am looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

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lauren October 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

This is good to know

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lauren October 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thanks a lot!

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mary October 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

i think that ixl is a horrible place for kids. when you get a problem wrong they take away more points than they give you. this is a stupid, horrible place for kids

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The IXL Blog October 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hi, Mary. We appreciate your feedback. The SmartScore is intended to measure students’ genuine understanding of a topic, which is why questions get more difficult as students progresses through a skill, and why more points are taken away when they answer a harder question incorrectly. Once a child reaches a score of 100, you can feel confident that he or she truly understands that skill. If you have further questions about this or anything relating to IXL, feel free to contact us at info@ixl.com. We’d be happy to help!

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Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Do you know how frustrating it is with the smart score.
I get very frustrated and spend hours on this bad website

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The IXL Blog January 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Hi there. We’re very sorry to hear you’re feeling frustrated. IXL’s SmartScore measures a student’s true understanding of a topic, which is why questions get harder as you progress through a skill, and why your score is adjusted when you answer a problem incorrectly. The idea is that when you reach a score of 90 or more, you can be sure you truly understand the topic!

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Anonymous May 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

The smart score sucks, especially when you get to Algebra. I spent an hour on this completing the square thing that I assigned to my students and I only got up to 50. I think that on harder topics you should have it easier to get a higher smart score. P.S My whole Algebra class hates IXL because of this, and I no longer force them to put up with it. Please listen to my demands.

diamy December 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

i disagree with mary. i love ixl . do you know i have proof? i mastered more than 100 skills!

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jade quick October 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

i got a question?how do you become a member of ixl?

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The IXL Blog October 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hi, Jade! You can learn about our membership options here: http://www.ixl.com/membership/. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@ixl.com.

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gabby November 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

moi tots dis agree w/ mary moi love ixl

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Jane Petty November 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

A student that arrived in Australia a few months ago showed us a certificate he received from IXL. He had achieved 5% proficiency. What does this mean?
Thanks,
Jane Petty

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The IXL Blog November 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hi, Jane! To achieve 5% proficiency in a grade level, your student earned 5% of the total SmartScore points available in that grade. (IXL’s SmartScore is built on a proprietary algorithm designed to measure student achivement.) Each skill is worth 100 SmartScore points, and most grades contain over 200 skills. If you have further questions or would like to discuss this in more detail, feel free to contatct us at info@ixl.com.

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Debra October 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

I somewhat agree with Mary, some of the skills are very difficult to understand and the explanations the website provides for the students can sometimes be very difficult to understand! ~Debby

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The IXL Blog October 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi, Debby. Thanks for your feedback. Is there a particular skill you’re concerned about? We welcome your input at http://www.ixl.com/feedback.

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Student December 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Hi! ixl wont let me type numbers into the answer box and my homework is due tomorrow! my number keys work in other tabs so i know it’s not my keyboard! if there’s any way you can reply as fast as possible please do! i dont know what to do!!

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The IXL Blog December 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hi there. We’re sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with IXL. If you email help@ixl.com or fill out the form at http://www.ixl.com/help, our tech support team would be happy to give you a hand.

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Christine April 7, 2014 at 5:16 am

Another question about the 5% proficiency certificate. I read the above response from IXL and am still a little confused — does that mean the child has mastered 5% of the skill sets designated for that particular grade? Or that the child has correctly answered only 5% of the given questions?

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The IXL Blog April 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi, Christine. A child will receive the 5% proficiency certificate when he or she is 5% on their way to mastering the entire skill set in their grade, not that they only correctly answered 5% of questions. Getting that certificate means the child is off to a great start. Please feel free to contact us at info@ixl.com if you would like to discuss this in more detail!

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Anonymous May 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Hey, i’m really annoyed because when you hit delete on IXL it makes me go back a page. Im on chrome using a macbook pro.

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The IXL Blog May 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi, there. We’re sorry you are experiencing some technical issues. “Backspace” is always the “Back” action in a browser unless you have selected the input box. If you are logged in, when you go back to the skill, you will see the same problem again. IXL will not mark the problem wrong. If this happens, you can also press “Shift + Backspace” to go “Forward” and return to the problem.

If you do still experience this issue, please feel free to contact IXL technical support by emailing help@ixl.com — we would be happy to help you further!

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Marie G June 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

it is the end of the school year and my daughter is finishing 4th grade next week. We just received an Email certificate that she has reached a 20% proficiency for 4th grade math. Yikes! I am concerned. To me that sounds like she is way off the mark on where she should be for a child about to go to 5th grade. I would have expected a much higher level of proficiency. Please help me understand what this means. thanks

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The IXL Blog June 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hi, Marie. To achieve 20% proficiency in a grade level, your student earned 20% of the total SmartScore points available in that grade. (IXL’s SmartScore is built on a proprietary algorithm designed to measure student achievement.) Each skill is worth 100 SmartScore points, and IXL offers over 200 skills in the 4th grade. Getting this certificate is a good achievement! You can also use the reporting suite to view her accomplishments in greater detail. Please feel free to contact us at info@ixl.com if you would like to discuss this further.

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Paul Savage September 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

My daughter uses IXL and I’ve just been informed that IXL have stopped sending out the “% proficiency new flashes” and certificates.

This is such a shame, they really were useful progress markers (much more so than total time spent and questions answered).

Can we have them back plaase?

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The IXL Blog October 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

Hi Paul, our development team found that the “% proficiency” reports were causing confusion for many customers, so we discontinued them – however, we are currently working on creating a new report that will more clearly measure skill proficiency, so stay tuned!

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Angie November 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

The certificates are a great motivator for my children. Do you have (or will there be) certificates for mastered skills? It would look great in their homeschool portfolios :-)

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The IXL Blog November 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Hi Angie, we’re happy to hear your kids like the certificates, and thank you for the suggestion for a certificate for mastered skills – we will pass that along to our development team!

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Jeki November 30, 2014 at 10:52 am

Why does the score beside each skill attempted say 200? Is this because my child has completed it twice? Other skills have a gold medal and 100 next to them. Thanks

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The IXL Blog December 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi Jeki – would you mind sending an email to help@ixl.com about this? Our support team can help figure out what’s going on. Thank you!

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The IXL Blog May 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

We appreciate your feedback on the SmartScore, and we will pass along your comment to the development team. Thanks for reaching out to us!

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