How do you close the confidence gap for disadvantaged students? For Kathy Dizon’s 6th grade class, IXL was the key to accelerating academic achievement and boosting motivation. An inner city, Title I school in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School serves a diverse population with 88% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. In Kathy’s class, many students started the year significantly behind grade level. She turned to IXL Language Arts and IXL Social Studies to help them catch up.