How to Implement IXL with an RTI/MTSS Model

Administrator Blog Series, Part 2

We’re back with another entry in our Administrator Blog Series! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out last week’s post on word problems and the math fluency gap. This week, we’re talking about RTI/MTSS, and specifically, how easy it is to incorporate IXL into an RTI model. From Tier I to Tier III, IXL supports many of the RTI model recommendations. Read on to find out how to leverage IXL’s features in new ways.

In-depth, tailored content

IXL breaks every concept into critical MicroSkills, which serve as the building blocks for larger topics. This provides an unprecedented level of differentiation as you can have students practice exactly the skills they need to solidify foundational concepts. And, with access to all grades, as well as an ability to hide grade levels, learners working below grade level can focus on the skills they need.

Guided practice and extensive feedback

IXL skills are adaptive, automatically adjusting to a student’s individual skill level. Each and every IXL skill provides in-depth corrective feedback, allowing students to see why they missed a question and ensuring they have the tools to improve. IXL also provides positive reinforcement with every correct answer, motivating students to keep going.

Varied problem types

IXL offers a huge variety of ways to practice each math and language arts topic. For example, students can learn about fractions by ordering fractions on a number line, solving word problems, matching fractions to area models, and more. Plus, IXL uses an algorithm to generate new questions for students, ensuring they’re always working on something they’ve never seen before—and helping them build procedural fluency. 

Visual representation of ideas

IXL provides multiple item types that help students visualize math and language concepts. From creating graphs to adding with pictures, students can see the equations they’re working on, better cementing the math concept in their minds. Similarly, IXL offers language arts skills which ask students to visualize sentences with misplaced modifiers or incorrect homophones.

Progress monitoring

With IXL Analytics, teachers get an inside look at their students’ progress through an intuitive set of reports. IXL Analytics identifies trouble spots, enabling teachers to create instructional groups for students who are struggling with similar problem types. IXL even provides a questions log with specific questions and answers from students’ practice sessions, making it easy for teachers to reuse problems for remediation instruction. And, the Progress and Improvement report helps you visualize cumulative student achievement for the year—great for tracking progress for IEPs and communicating with parents.