IXL Spring Learning Showdown

March 10, 2014


In the Classroom

Your students are already practicing till they’re perfect—now it’s time to show the world what they can do!

Starting March 17, we are hosting a month-long contest to see which classrooms can answer the most questions on IXL. Competition will be fierce, so practice from home, at the computer lab, on your iPads—on April 18, we’ll announce our winning classrooms on Facebook!

And while all that knowledge gained is a pretty good reward, we’ll also be throwing a pizza party for the top 3 classrooms from each level (elementary, middle, and high school)!

Contest Rules

Eligibility: All participating classrooms must enter by April 17 by clicking here. Classrooms should be part of an active IXL site, special, or classroom subscription at elementary, middle or high schools. Each classroom should include no more than 50 students.

Determination of Winners: IXL will select the 3 classrooms from the elementary, middle, and high school levels (9 classrooms total) that have completed the most questions on IXL between March 17, 2014, at 12:01 am (PST) and April 17, 2014, at 11:59 pm (PST). Questions answered for both math and language arts will be counted. For middle and high schools, only completed problems from 3rd grade and above will be considered. In the event of a tie, IXL will select the classroom with a higher percentage of correct answers.

Prizes: Winners will be posted on IXL’s Facebook page on April 18, 2014. Each winning classroom will receive a $100 gift card for a pizza party.

Click here to enter!

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Anne March 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

Are classes able to use this as a review? In other words, go back and complete sections that have already been assigned. Some students have achieved mastery on the sections, but not all? Is it just for “new questions” attempted or can it include “past” questions? Thanks so much!

The IXL Blog March 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

Hi, Anne. Yes, classes can certainly participate in the contest as a way to review already assigned sections. Since IXL’s problems are computer generated, students will still be working on new questions, though they may be reviewing the concept. We wish your class the best of luck!

nick March 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

what classes

Liza March 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

Can I participate with several classrooms under the same username of teacher?

The IXL Blog March 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi, Liza. Yes, we will count each classroom separately. Good luck to all of your classes!

hhujgughhuhh March 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

🙂 good

nick March 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm


gamer girl904 March 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

hi nick

Jazzy March 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

Why cant I print the certificate with my daughter’s achievements or progress? every time I print its just states “certificate of achievement” with everything blank.. this is very frustrating when you want to show off the hard work our kids are doing.

The IXL Blog March 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Hi, Jazzy. We’re sorry the certificates are not printing correctly. We have passed your comment on to IXL’s technical support team and they will contact you shortly.

Kathleen July 15, 2014 at 4:34 am

I am having the same problem as Jazzy. When I try to print the certificates all I get is the heading and everything else is blank. The certificate has also shrunk in size.

The IXL Blog July 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

We’re so sorry to hear that you’re experiencing the same problem. Our technical support team will reach out to you today to help resolve this issue, Kathleen.

gamer girl904 March 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

i hate my math teacher help meeee

Airrick March 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

I. Like this stuff

indiya March 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm


Vish March 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm

How do I know if my class has been entered correctly? I filled in the form, but do we get a confirmation email to cofirm that we’re part of it?

The IXL Blog March 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hi, Vish. If you reached the “Thank you” page after submitting the form, your class has been entered. If you are unsure, you can contact us at help@ixl.com to check.

Tsepten March 20, 2014 at 2:45 am

Can i redo a skill like 10 times so i get many questions answered or do i have to master a new skill to get the questions, please don’t use hard words because im a 10 year old and i won’t understand hard words. lol

The IXL Blog March 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

Yes, we will count any problems completed, even if you are reviewing skills that you have already mastered! Good luck, Tsepten!

harley March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

i hope our class wins i love my school

harley March 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

im doing great now in math

ANAYA.P3 March 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

i like ixl but why does it have a limit to work don’t you think we should be able to work longer so we kids can be smarter.i was just working but it said if i want to work longer i have to be a member.

The IXL Blog March 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hi, Anaya. An IXL membership allows you to track your progress and win awards and certificates as you learn. Your parents or teacher can learn more about how to start an IXL membership at http://www.ixl.com/membership/. Even without a membership, you are always welcome to do 20 free math and 20 free language arts questions each day!

nick March 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

hi ixl blog what is the smart score about.i mean i know what it is but i don’t need it. i know how smart i am.so you should deleted it

The IXL Blog March 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Hi, Nick. SmartScore was built to measure students’ true understanding of a topic. Once you reach a SmartScore of 90, you can be sure you really “get it”, and reaching 100 would prove your mastery of the subject. SmartScore helps teachers, students, and their parents track progress, so we hope you understand us keeping it.

Max March 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

You should change the name though. It insinuates that, if you have a low score, you aren’t very smart. This can be taken very offensively.

The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

Hi, Max. We like to think of SmartScore as a smarter way of assessing students. It reflects students true understanding of a topic as they practice, and—unlike a percentage score—always allows students to reach 100 with more practice. We think that every student should feel smart, no matter what their score is, and we’re sorry if you got a different impression from that name. We will pass your comment along to our development team.

Lori Merritt March 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

We will have any idea how we are doing compared to other schools. Can you post the some of that information. Not names just time/problems.

The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

Yes, we have just posted Week 1 results on our social media pages. You can find the top ten rankings on our new blog post here: http://blog.ixl.com/2014/03/24/ixl-spring-learning-showdown-week-1-rankings/

Best of luck to your class, Lori!

cwenner April 1, 2014 at 4:35 am

Are you counting the problems answered only between those dates or the whole year with what my class has answered up until this point?

The IXL Blog April 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

We will be counting all the problems answered between March 17th, 2014 and April 17th, 2014.

Josue April 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

My class is in first place, good luck to every one

The IXL Blog April 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

Awesome! Keep up the hard work!

mathlover April 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I am wondering that if you can join 2 classes together to accumulate more points?? Is that possible?????????????

The IXL Blog April 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

Hi, mathlover. This is a contest to see which classroom can answer the most problems, so it is best if different classes are entered separately. We wish you the best of luck!

Rachel Alekhno April 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I am so amazed I am even in the 6th place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stacy April 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

How can I figure out if I have already registered? I don’t remember if I did, but don’t want to make a mistake and do it twice.

The IXL Blog April 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi, Stacy. If you reached the “Thank you” page after submitting your information, you have been entered. We also double-checked and have confirmed that your class has been entered in the contest. Best of luck to you and your students!

Estefani May 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

my school won

Daniel May 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm

can i redo or reset a skill. its because i have done so many accidents and got wrong.thank you

Daniel May 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

i just wont to start fresh

The IXL Blog May 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Great question, Daniel! You can always go back and practice any skill you have previously mastered. Once you reach 100, the SmartScore will reset to zero.

Another great thing about SmartScore is that even if you get a question wrong, you can always reach 100. Our computer-algorithm will adjust question difficulty based on how you’ve performed so far. You will also be able to reach 100 more quickly with the practice you’ve done so far than if you started all over at zero. Incorrect answers are all part of the learning process, and SmartScore takes them into account. Don’t give up—we’re rooting for you!

Daniel May 23, 2014 at 7:07 am

thank you!!!!!

April July 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

Um, my class doesn’t know about this.

The IXL Blog July 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Don’t worry, April. We will be holding more contests in the future!

Adrianna December 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

How do I re-start an IXL? Like, i’m already at a smart score of 80 from last year on 8th grade but my teacher this year re-assigned it and i can’t do anymore of it and get a good grade. How do I start over with a smart score of 0?

The IXL Blog December 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi Adrianna, please email help@ixl.com and our technical support team can help you reset your data!

Mrs. V April 16, 2015 at 10:57 am

How can I check which teams are leading, and where do we stand in the competition?

The IXL Team April 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

Hi Mrs. V, you can see our latest leaderboard update here: http://blog.ixl.com/2015/04/15/ixl-spring-learning-showdown-2015-leaderboard-update-2/

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