IXL Spring Learning Showdown – Week 1 Rankings

March 24, 2014

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The results are in!

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the IXL Spring Learning Showdown rankings for Week 1!

Keep up the great work, everyone. Remember, the top three classes in each division will win, so it’s still anyone’s game!

Elementary School

  1. J. Carlson’s class, Kennedy Elementary School, Mankato, MN – 30,815
  2. D. Spagnola’s class, Eli Whitney Elementary School, Chicago, IL – 26,865
  3. A. Fricker’s class, Canyon View Elementary School, Salt Lake City, UT – 24,632
  4. P. Sontag’s class, Sawyer School, Chicago, IL – 23,008
  5. C. Hunn’s class, Mary Endres Elementary School, Woodstock, IL – 21,807
  6. J. Young’s 2nd grade class, Bear Valley Elementary School, Moreno Valley, CA – 21,637
  7. A. Keen’s class, Bluff City Elementary School, Bluff City, TN – 20,915
  8. K. Knapp’s class, Indian Creek Intermediate School, Trafalgar, IN – 19,902
  9. L. Williams’s class, Eli Whitney Elementary School, Chicago IL – 19,568
  10. J. Wiechman’s class, Windy Hills Elementary School, Kearney, NE – 19,492

Middle School

  1. J. Kearney’s class, Graves Middle School, Whittier, CA – 29,329
  2. W. Pass’s Room 110 class, Eli Whitney Elementary School, Chicago, IL – 27,769
  3. J. Narro’s 7C Algebra class, Colegio Ingles, San Pedro, Mexico – 25,466
  4. W. Pass’s Room 109 class, Eli Whitney Elementary School, Chicago, IL – 21,517
  5. M. Rowe’s 715 class, JHS 223, Brooklyn, NY – 21,422
  6. T. Klink’s 8th Grade class, KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory, Blytheville, AR – 21,116
  7. J.Henry’s class, Nord Middle School, Amherst, OH – 18,639
  8. V. Mitchem’s class, Chase Middle School, Forest City, NC – 18,048
  9. T. Klink’s class, KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory, Blytheville, AR – 18,023
  10. J. Narro’s 7B Algebra class, Colegio Ingles, San Pedro, Mexico – 17,959

High School

  1. E. Gómez Junco’s 9th Grade class Instituto San Roberto, Monterrey, Mexico – 57,991
  2. M. Aravamudham’s class, John Hay High School, Cleveland, OH – 38,740
  3. D. Drysdale’s class, Fraser High School, Fraser, MI – 16,862
  4. R. Dougherty’s Algebra I class, Skyline School, Urbana, MO – 13,776
  5. L. Mondestin’s Algebra I Honors class, Orange Preparatory Academy, Orange, NJ – 12,290
  6. L.Neuberger’s class, Weld Central High School, Keenesburg, CO – 10,604
  7. R. Webber’s class, Canby High School, Canby, OR – 7,715
  8. J. Redd’s class, McCluer High School, St. Louis, MO – 7,542
  9. S. Andrew’s 3rd Geometry class, Avery County High School, Newland, NC – 7,204
  10. S. Andrew’s 2nd Honors Geometry class, Avery County High School, Newland, NC – 7,095

FAQ’s

How do I check the number of questions my class has attempted?

Sign in to your IXL teacher account and visit the “Class Usage Log” report, which can be found by clicking on the “Reports” tab, and then under “Usage.” You can also find it by visiting www.ixl.com/reports/usage/class.

Once you reach this report, set the time range to between March 17 and present, and select the specific class you want to check. Select “Problems attempted” and click “Update report.” You will see the total number of problems this class has attempted at the bottom of the report.

Will you be posting the rankings of classes so we can see where we stand in the competition?

Yes, we will be posting the rankings every Monday before noon PST until we announce the winners on April 18th.

I have more than one class. Is each class calculated separately? 

Each class is calculated separately. As long as your students are divided into classes of  50 or less students on your “Roster” page, every class on your roster will be entered.

Will IXL count questions for previously mastered skills?

Yes! We want to allow students to review topics, so students may work on previously mastered skills.

Will IXL be factoring in the number of students in each class?

We do divide the contest into elementary, middle, and high school, as class sizes tend to be similar within these categories. However, we are not taking the number of students enrolled in each class into consideration for this contest.

Can homeschoolers participate?

This particular contest is just for school licenses. We will be having more contests in the future that will be open to other kinds of subscriptions, so keep an eye out!

For more information on the Spring Learning Showdown, see our original post.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Kalynn Viramontes March 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

Will you have contests in the future that DO consider class sizes? I have a group of 16 students in 6th grade, 17 in 7th grade and 26 in 8th grade that are trying to compete, and if they are competing with 50 students, they would have to work about 3 times as hard in the smaller classes to compete. I have only 59 students total. Should I put 50 of them in a class? Do the other schools have the 50 students in one class? So far we are over 30,000 problems with all 59 students, but they are split into 3 groups right now. In either case, I do appreciate that you are running a contest and I have given my classes goals and they are responding very well, so it is a good idea.

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The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

Hi, Kalynn. We’re so glad to hear that your students are responding well to the goals you set for the contest!

Since this is a classroom contest, it is best if each of your classes is entered independently. If you have more than one class indicated on your Roster, each of them will be counted separately. Most of the classes in the showdown, including most of the current leaders, have fewer than 35 students in their classes.

That being said, we are definitely considering future contest formats that would be more accommodating for different class sizes. Good luck to all of your classes!

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nick March 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

i hope they do to

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Amy Jackson March 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

I agree. You have to consider the number of students in each class. Even if most have no more than 35 the ones that put all of their students in one class will dominate. Fun contest, but not really a fair one.

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The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the feedback, Amy. We will definitely be hosting contests in the future with different formats, and we will keep your comment in mind!

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Matt Swacina March 25, 2014 at 4:46 am

Agree with the comments about class size. I have an advanced class of 4th-6th graders that I pull out to do 7th and 8th grade math. There are only six of them and they were so excited about this contest, but so bummed that they won’t be able to really win anything when it is against full classes. I have a sixth grader who has already mastered every 7th grade skill and is now trying to conquer 8th grade!

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The IXL Blog March 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

That’s outstanding, Matt. We are so glad to hear about your students succeeding with IXL! Please pass along our congratulations for all their hard work.

We are considering different formats for our next contest that would be more flexible in terms of class size. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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Bill Vedders March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Do language and math count or just math?

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The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Questions completed in both math and language arts will count. Good luck, Bill!

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Tanya March 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I don’t see my class in the rankings, is this just a contest for residents of the US?

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The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi, Tanya. We only posted up the top ten rankings for each category. You can compare how your class stands by finding out how many questions your students have answered using the Class Usage Report at http://www.ixl.com/reports/usage/class. The Spring Learning Showdown is open to all classes using IXL around the world. Keep on practicing because the top *three* classes in each division will win! Good luck!

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Lori Pinelli March 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Do all problems in ixl count or must the problems come from the 6-8 grade strands?

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The IXL Blog March 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Hi, Lori. If your class is in the middle school category, they will only receive contest credit for questions at the 3rd grade level and above. You can see the full rules in our original post.

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Hasan Humadi March 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Ixl is the best software I have ever used in my middle and high school math classes. If I can show the world how to use Ixl, then no child left behind will be 100% reality..

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Mike Winters March 24, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Any chance you can post how many students are in each class? I have 15 2nd grade students in my class and we answered about 6,000 questions. I’m just curious how my students did compared to the leaders, but it’s hard to determine without knowing class size. Perhaps next contest can be total questions divided by number of students to get an average? Just an idea. I love IXL and have been using both math and language arts all year. Keep up all the great work!!!

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The IXL Blog March 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hi, Mike. Thanks for your comment. 6,000 questions is certainly an excellent achievement for 15 students, and they should be very proud of themselves! Most of the leading classes in the contest are smaller than 35 students.

Future contests will be catered to smaller class sizes too, so stay posted! We will be having a summer contest to encourage students to keep learning over break, and we hope to have contests next school year as well.

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Carrie Johnson March 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

Are the results shown above totals for the days Monday, March 17 through Monday, March 24, or Monday, March 7 through Sunday, March 23?

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The IXL Blog March 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Hi, Carrie. Those results are for Monday, March 17th through the evening of Sunday, March 23rd.

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Lori Pinelli March 31, 2014 at 7:40 am

Is it possible to see my class ranking below the top ten? If yes, where do I go to see all the classes ranked?

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The IXL Blog March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

Hi, Lori. Due to the high number of classes registered for the contest, we cannot post rankings for each one. There is info about how to check the number of questions your class has done in the post above, and you can use this number to compare how your class is doing to the top ten classes. We wish you and your students the best of luck!

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Carissa March 31, 2014 at 8:04 am

My 4th grade students are in an accelerated math class and work on 5th grade IXL skills. For the contest, do they have to do 5th grade skills or can they also do 4th grade skills?

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The IXL Blog March 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi, Carissa. Your students can certainly practice 4th grade topics! For more detailed information on level restrictions for the contest, see the rules here.

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Lanaya Stephens March 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

I don’t think I have to go online do I? Why? Can’t I do it offline? I use a android tablet that is white has litle gb hope you listen its my filings!

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The IXL Blog March 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hi, Lanaya. Were you asking whether you can practice IXL offline with an Android tablet? In order to practice IXL on any device you do have to be online. You can visit IXL.com with a web browser to begin.

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Dawn March 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

Hi
Do the problems have to be correct to count or are the problems attempted counted as well. I have a friend in another school and the child just clicks on any answer and gets thousands of problems done but isn’t trying to learn the skill.

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The IXL Blog March 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Hi, Dawn. We think that incorrect answers can be an important part of the learning process, so this contest does count all practice, within the limits stated by the rules here. Of course, we hope that teachers will use this contest as a way of motivating their students to learn, and we encourage them to make sure their students are practicing responsibly.

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Neil Armstrong April 15, 2014 at 3:31 am

What if… you have less than 20 students in you’re class………………………………………….. or what if… they had cheats to answer a random math answer in every question 24 7??? Can you guys check if they were on 24 7? if they were, can you not count them?

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The IXL Blog April 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

Hi, Neil. Rest assured, we will be carefully reviewing all practice and times practiced to make sure it complies with contest rules. Any illegitimate practice will not count towards the final total. We wish your class the best of luck in this final stretch!

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