IXL Insights – Tracking Skill Proficiency

January 24, 2013


IXL Insights

Are you looking for immediate feedback on how your students are doing on a particular math topic?  Look no further than our Skill Proficiency report, which makes it simple for you to assess your students’ understanding of any skill that they practice!

Many teachers, including our guest blogger Michael Stephens, use the report as a summative assessment tool.  For example, you might set aside 15 minutes in class for a “mini quiz” on IXL, where students practice a particular skill they’ve been working on.  You can use the report data garnered from the activity to identify those students who are ready to move on, and those who might benefit from re-teaching or review.

But did you know you can also use the Skill Proficiency report as a formative assessment tool?  For example, if your second graders spent the last three days learning place value models up to hundreds, you might ask them to do twenty questions on place value models up to thousands on their own.  You can then run the Skill Proficiency report not only to help you understand your students’ prior understanding of place values, but also to help you build a lesson plan for that next skill.

However you use it, IXL’s Skill Proficiency report offers real data you can act on, helping you drive instruction in your classroom!

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All Comments (21)

GothSloth January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

Hi! When is the Language Arts coming out?


The IXL Blog January 25, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hi, there. We plan to make language arts available next school year. To be notified as soon as it’s ready, you’re welcome to sign up here: http://www.ixl.com/math/comingsoon.


Flora January 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi when is English coming out


The IXL Blog January 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi, Flora. We intend to release language arts–which includes spelling, grammar, and vocabulary–next school year.


Jon January 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I was on a problem it said whats he fracion of red or yellow i chose red it was 4/7
it was wrong!!!!!I’m in 4th grade how was i supposed to know or meant both?!?!!
At least your making a grammar version!


The IXL Blog February 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hi, Jon. Our question-specific explanations that appear when you answer a problem incorrectly can help you figure out why a problem was marked wrong, and what you can do to get a similar problem right the next time!


Sidney February 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hi I am in sixth grade and is there any way u can add more on geometry because i got it but i need more practice


The IXL Blog February 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hi, Sidney. Our questions are computer-generated, so you’ll never run out of questions to answer, and you’ll never see the exact same question twice! You can always go back to a skill and practice it as much as you want.


Devon February 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

Recently I have been having problems and Wrong answers which were obviously the right ones. Is it something i am doing wrong.? I think you guys need to look over the Data charts and Graph section for fifth grade…


The IXL Blog February 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hi, Devon. We recommend that you talk to your teacher about the problems you’re getting incorrect. If you have further questions, you’re welcome to e-mail us at help@ixl.com.


Devon February 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

OK I will thank you. 🙂


Janice December 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

If a student gets a question wrong, how many questions will they be required to complete correctly to move on?


The IXL Blog December 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hi, Janice. When a student misses a question, IXL brings them to a level of difficulty where they can better understand the topic, reducing frustration and allowing for review. Exactly how many questions it will take to return to that SmartScore depends on where they are in the skill, what skill it is, and other factors. The idea is that though students may take different paths, they all end up at concept mastery!


Denise May 16, 2014 at 6:20 am

I am trying to find how IXL determines a student’s proficiency score. What is the difference between proficient and mastery?


The IXL Blog May 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

Hi, Denise. IXL’s SmartScore is a measure of proficiency and is the best possible indicator of how well a student understands a skill. A high SmartScore means that the student has a high degree of proficiency or understanding of a skill. Once the student reaches a 100 SmartScore, it indicates that the student has reached complete mastery of the skill.


Denise May 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I understand that. But as an administrator who is planning for our summer incentive program, I need to know on what basis is a student considered proficient in a skill? Is it when he/she answers a certain percentage of questions correctly?


The IXL Blog May 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

When a student reaches a SmartScore of 80, he/she can be considered proficient in a skill. SmartScore is calculated using many factors, including the number of problems completed and problem difficulty. Good luck with your summer incentive program!


CD February 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

I have a new student and there are no results showing for the proficiency assessment. Is it possible that it was skipped? If so, can I generate a new one? I don’t have a baseline.


The IXL Team February 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

Hi CD, since IXL is designed to assess students in real time as they are practicing the skills, we don’t have a “pre-test” assessment. Instead, we encourage students to simply start practicing skills, and if they are reaching a high score quickly, they can move on to more challenging skills! If you have more questions, feel free to give us a call at (877) 282-4400 ext. 1 and we can tell you more about the best ways to use IXL to assess your proficiency!


maria June 19, 2017 at 10:51 am

hello, I’m new could you please tell me how to download a report.


The IXL Team June 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Hi Maria–To print an IXL Analytics report, navigate to the report and click the print icon next to the report’s title. A PDF version of the report will be generated. Then, just print the file using the printing feature of your browser or PDF viewer. You can also download and save it for later use. If you need any further help with this, contact us anytime at help@ixl.com!


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