IXL’s 2014 Language Arts Usage Contest Winners!

December 5, 2014


In the Classroom

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…we’re revealing the winners of the Grammar Geeks Unite! Language Arts Usage Contest!

Here are the top 10 classrooms, based on the average number of problems practiced per student. The top five are our winners, and will get to celebrate with a pizza party courtesy of IXL!

  1. J. Solomon’s class, St. Mary School, Charlevoix, MI – 3,798
  2. A. Capone’s class, Point Road School, Little Silver, NJ – 3,677
  3. S. Stebbins’s class, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH – 3,097
  4. S. Newsome’s class, Venice Elementary, Venice, IL – 3,042
  5. K. Reeve’s class, Lowell Elementary, Indianapolis, IN – 2,396
  6. J. Sanders’s class, Barfield Elementary, Murfreesboro, TN – 2,297
  7. T. Dunaway’s class, Eloy Intermediate, Eloy, AZ – 2,218
  8. R. Martin’s class, The Oakwood School, Greenville, NC – 2,148
  9. S. Streigle’s class, Sigourney Elementary, Sigourney, IA – 1,836
  10. T. Lambert’s class, Heber Elementary, Heber, CA – 1,813

Thank you to all of our Grammar Geeks who participated! For more information on this contest, check out our original blog post here.

*Leaderboard was updated with revised totals on 12/9/14
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All Comments (13)

T.Dunaway December 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I’m super excited that my class made it into the top 10 classes, but I’m a little confused on our count. When I run the filter on questions attempted from Nov 3rd to Dec 3rd our count is 49,476. I have 23 students within my class. 49,476 divided by 23 comes out to an average of 2,151 problems per student. I realize that some of my students may have continued practicing problems past mastery, but there is a pretty big difference in the amount of questions averaged. Per the blog announcement our final average count was 1,769 multiplied by 23 comes to a total of 40,687 problems this is a difference of 8,789 problems. I wouldn’t make a big fuss on this, but my students have been tracking and calculating our average very closely. My other question is about the pizza party winners. The initial blog said, “Determination of winners: IXL will select the 5 classrooms that have completed the most questions on IXL between November 3, 2014, at 12:01 am (PST) and December 3, 2014, at 11:59 pm (PST).” and “Prizes: Winners will be posted on IXL’s Facebook page on December 5, 2014. Each winning classroom will receive a pizza party ($250 gift card).” Why are only top 3 classes being awarded instead of the top 5? – Thank you for your time and attention, and all the hard work your company puts into helping inspire students!


The IXL Blog December 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hi Tiffany,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We will indeed be rewarding the top five classrooms, and we also re-ran the data and have just posted updated numbers – your class is now ranked 7th instead of 9th. Congrats to you and your students for doing so well in the competition!


Jim Hansen December 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Thanks for having the contest. My students definitely enjoyed using IXL for the Language Arts questions. This is so much better than doing worksheets! Will you let the other classes know their final placings? It says my class answered 34,876 question. We have 18 in the class for a score of around 1938, but we are not listed in the results for having that score. Were some questions not counted or were we not qualified since we were only using the one month free trial? I know my students will be curious about why they aren’t on the list.


The IXL Blog December 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi Jim,

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like your class was registered correctly. Classrooms were registered based on the teacher’s username or e-mail address, and it looks like there was not a valid username or e-mail submitted for your classroom. We will be running more contests like this in the future, however, so your students will have another chance down the line!


Tony Lambert December 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

How many classes were competing? What was the average number of students in each class? For example, I have 32 in my classroom. Are you going to be doing other types of competitions. I would like to see articles on the top 3 classes? How did they get the kids to work so hard?

Thank you,



The IXL Blog December 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Hi Tony,

About 850 classes registered with an average class size of 20 students. We will definitely be running more usage contests in the future, so please stay tuned! We also like your suggestion for a blog post on how the top classrooms motivated their students, and will look into posting more teacher stories/case studies!


Dan Morrow December 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Is there a more complete placement listing for the contest?


The IXL Blog December 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Hi Dan, because of the large number of classrooms that entered (850), we are unable to provide a larger leaderboard!


Jaime Bobby December 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Hello, I am also wondering why my class is not listed, my students answered several thousand questions. Just curious if I did not register correctly? Thank you for your help!



The IXL Blog December 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

Hi Jaime, we checked and your class was indeed registered. We plan to run more contests like these in the future, so your students will have more chances to win!


Tony Lambert December 9, 2014 at 7:51 am

850 classes registered for the grammar competition? Wow, this is amazing! Can you make a list the classes with the most points (top 10)? We have 180,000 and I would like to see how we stand compared to other classes.

Thank you,



The IXL Blog December 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hi Tony, the leaderboard graphic above shows the top 10 classrooms, based on average questions answered per student rather than the total number of questions answered per classroom, so that both big and small classrooms had a fair chance to win. So, we don’t have a ranking based on total questions answered per classroom, but your students should be very proud of answering 180,000 together!


doris December 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm

can anyone give me advice about how to make my class win in this competition? like the boss of this competition


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