Enter the 2016 IXL Spring Learning Showdown!

Can your class answer enough questions to win a prize?

This is no April Fool’s joke! The IXL Spring Learning Showdown is returning April 1st. Challenge your class to answer as many questions as they can in one month for the chance to win prizes!

Last year, we had over 5,000 classes register and students collectively answered over 70 million questions! Prepare yourselves because we expect fierce competition again this year.

Nine classrooms will take home a prize: three elementary, three middle, and three high school. The classrooms with the highest average completed problems per student will win a pizza party! We’ll post leaderboard updates April 15 and April 22 so you can monitor your standing, and we’ll announce the winners on May 4.

Register your classroom here by April 30. Keep reading for the full contest rules and answers to frequently asked questions. Best of luck!


Contest Rules

Eligibility: All participating classrooms must register online by April 30 by completing the form here. Eligible registrations should include an accurate IXL username–IXL is not responsible for incorrect or incomplete registrations. Classrooms must be part of an active IXL site, special or classroom subscription at a public or private elementary, middle or high school.

Determination of winners: IXL will select the three PreK-4th grade classrooms, three 5th-8th grade classrooms, and three 9th-12th grade classrooms (9 classrooms total) that have completed the most average questions per student on IXL between April 1, 2016, at 12:01 am (PST) and April 30, 2016, at 11:59 pm (PST). Winners will be announced on May 4, 2016. Questions in all subjects on the classroom’s subscription (math, language arts, science and social studies) will be counted. Questions completed as part of a trial will not be eligible. For students in grades PK-4, questions in all grade levels will be counted. For students in grades 5-8, only questions from grade 3 and above are eligible, while for students in grades 9-12, only questions in grade 7 and above will be counted. Skills that are repeated after they have been mastered once during the contest period will not be counted. No more than 70 questions answered by one student in a single skill (prior to reaching a score of 100) will be eligible. The total number of eligible problems completed will be divided by the total number of students in each class as of their entry date. In the event of a tie, the classroom with the higher percentage of correctly answered eligible questions will win. This contest is intended to encourage students to practice their skills and gain confidence in their skills; any practice that does not conform to the spirit of the contest will be eliminated at IXL’s discretion.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Sign in to your IXL account and visit the “Students Quickview” report, which can be found by clicking on the “Analytics” tab. You can also find it by visiting https://www.ixl.com/analytics/students-quickview. Once you reach this report, set the time range to “This month”, select the subject/s you practiced, and set the grade levels if needed.

Are problems for all subjects counted?

Yes, practice in all subjects on your subscription will be counted. We will not count practice in subjects for which you have a trial, however.

Is practice counted starting April 1, or starting when I registered?

Practice will be counted starting April 1, no matter when you registered—just make sure you register here by the deadline of April 30!

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

Yes, we will be posting leaderboards of the top classes on April 15 and April 22. The leaderboards will be posted on the IXL blog (https://blog.ixl.com/) and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IXL). Winners will be announced May 4.

Will IXL count questions for previously mastered skills?

If the skills were mastered prior to the start of the contest, students can go back and practice them again, and those questions will count toward this contest. However, after they master the skill during the contest period, any further practice will not count.

Will IXL count incorrectly answered questions? Will questions practiced outside of the students’ grade level be counted?

Yes and yes! We encourage students to practice above or below grade level, and we want them to know that it’s okay to make mistakes and then learn from them. For students in grades PK-4, questions in all grade levels will be counted. For students in grades 5-8, only questions from grade 3 and above are counted, while students in grades 9-12 must practice in grade 7 or above.

I have students in multiple classes. Will all my students be counted as one group in the competition or will they be competing separately?

When you register your username, all of your class rosters under that username will be part of the contest. If your classes are listed with different names (for example, one group of students are “9th grade” and another is “12th grade”), then your classes will be competing separately. This means that each of your classes will be competing against each other as well as all the other classes around the world within that grade band.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to ixl-info@ixl.com.