Introducing the IXL Continuous Diagnostic!

August 31, 2017

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At Home, In the Classroom, For Admins

Big news: we’ve got a new classroom essential that’s going to make your back to school experience even better! The IXL Continuous Diagnostic is the first of its kind, delivering student insights that are always up to date. It also offers personalized recommendations that tell you exactly how to target knowledge gaps and help students progress. It’s a game-changing resource for both teachers and students!

Insights that are always up to date

With the IXL Continuous Diagnostic, you always have a complete and accurate portrait of students’ knowledge. While students work through regular IXL skill practice and answer just a handful of diagnostic questions a week, the Continuous Diagnostic works in the background and continuously updates their results.

Unique action plans for each learner

The IXL Continuous Diagnostic provides specific skill recommendations for individual students and small groups based on their diagnostic results. These recommendations target their needs at the perfect difficulty level and are drawn directly from IXL skills, so they’re available with just one click!

An empowering student experience

Unlike traditional assessments, IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic is designed to empower and motivate your students. Their results and recommendations are available anytime they want to see where they’re excelling and what they can do to improve.

How it works

The IXL Continuous Diagnostic adapts to students as they answer questions in order to hone in on their level of knowledge. It offers an engaging and informal experience where students can start and stop diagnosing at any time.

There’s lots to explore with IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic! See it for yourself at IXL.com and check out the video below to learn more:

Have you tried IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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All Comments (78)

Rebecca Velikaneye September 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

Are there plans on expanding this tool to be used with the ELA skills in the future?

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The IXL Team September 6, 2017 at 10:13 am

Hi Rebecca–We’re currently focused on making the IXL Diagnostic experience the best it can be for math, and in the future may expand this feature to other subjects.

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Susan Hopper September 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

I would love to see the diagnostic features expanded to ELA!

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Charles Leitzell September 8, 2017 at 7:58 am

Is the diagnostic tool available to students who are using the app? If not, do you have an app update coming?

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The IXL Team September 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

Hi Charles–Currently the IXL Diagnostic is available for math in the U.S. edition, and only on the IXL website. We’re currently focused on making the IXL Diagnostic experience the best it can be, and in the future may expand this feature to other platforms. In the meantime, you can access the diagnostic on a mobile device using your web browser.

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Brandi September 4, 2019 at 9:58 am

Will the diagnostic tool ever be available through the app? Our school only has ipads and first graders trying to use it through the web browser is frustrating for them.

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The IXL Team September 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Hi Brandi — The Continuous Diagnostic is now available on the IXL iPad app! If you experience any issues accessing it, our Tech Support team would be happy to help — please email them at help@ixl.com.

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K. Sullivan September 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Can you please explain the scores on the diagnostic display? Also, I am using IXL with students who have deficits in math. Will the diagnostic present problems for students to solve that are below their current grade? Thank you!

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The IXL Team September 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Hi there–The diagnostic level indicates a student’s working grade level. (For example, a level of 500 indicates readiness to work on fifth grade level skills.) All student levels start as a range, but those ranges will narrow down as the student continues to diagnose. When the Diagnostic has enough information to pinpoint the student’s level, it will appear as a single number. The Diagnostic is a great tool to use with students of all math levels; students will frequently be given a choice between one of two questions to answer and they always have the option of selecting “I don’t know this yet.” The IXL Diagnostic is adaptive, so as students answer questions, it recalibrates to find the best question to ask next in order to hone in on their level of knowledge. If you have any other questions about the Diagnostic, we’d be happy to help! Contact us anytime at support@ixl.com.

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Mary Rose September 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I love IXL

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Elizabeth Bostic September 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Do you have a percentile showing what scores would make the students fall under the 21st percentile for the purposes of RTI and using this diagnostic as a universal screener?

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The IXL Team September 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Hi Elizabeth–Since the IXL Diagnostic is not primarily intended to be used to compare students to other students at one point in time, we don’t have percentiles like what you describe. Instead, the Diagnostic was designed to help identify individual students’ current levels of understanding, strengths, weaknesses, and pinpoint exactly what they are ready to learn next.

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Sara M September 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Hello,
One of our teachers shared that the Diagnostic took her class over 2 hours to complete (5th graders). Is this common? Can the Diagnostic be done in parts or must it be done all in one sitting? Any info you can share would be helpful!

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The IXL Team September 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Hi Sarah–Great question! Most students will need 60-90 questions to get complete diagnostic results—and this definitely doesn’t have to be done in one sitting. The number of questions needed will vary based on each student’s performance and existing practice results. After that, about 5-10 diagnostic questions per week will keep the Diagnostic fully up-to-date (and that way, they won’t need to start over with an extended diagnostic session in the future). If you have any other questions about the Diagnostic, we’d be happy to chat–just contact us at (855) 255-8800 or support@ixl.com.

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Killian W. September 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

The diagnosis is AWESOME it has been helping me with math A LOT!!! It give you all new recommendations that also help me alot!! Only one question though, is narrowing down in diagnosis a good thing?

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The IXL Team September 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

That’s great, Killian! We’re glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the Diagnostic. Narrowing down is a good thing–it means the Diagnostic is getting closer to pinpointing your level and giving you more relevant recommendations.

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Killian Wallace September 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Thanks!!!

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Scott A. September 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

Have heard many positive comments about the New Diagnostic feature. Some questions (from a 6th grade math teacher):
(1) does it provide only a Diagnostic “snapshot” of where the student is at present, or is there some report where I can see a student’s growth over a period of time, etc. (similar to the regular IXL reports that show unit completion, % score, # of questions answered correctly and incorrectly, etc.)?;
(2) I assign various IXL units each week (for example, units within the 6th grade Common Core curriculum) – will these be “taken into account” by the Diagnostic tool?;
(3) should I continue to assign IXL units each week, as opposed to simply having students work on the Diagnostic each week – or should I assign both?
Thank you.

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The IXL Team September 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hi Scott–We’re excited that you’ve heard so many positive comments about the Diagnostic! The IXL Diagnostic is meant to inform teachers and students about their current level of understanding, so it will always be up to date. While there isn’t a Diagnostic report like what you describe, teachers can print out students’ diagnostic stats (which show current levels and skill recommendations) periodically to chart their development over time. They can also check off completed skill recommendations on the printouts as a record of the progress students have made.

Yes, IXL’s diagnostic algorithm tracks students’ practice and performance on IXL and takes that information into account when generating questions on the Diagnostic, calculating their diagnostic levels, and recommending “From the diagnostic arena” skills!

The Diagnostic can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. We generally encourage teachers to combine regular IXL assignments with Diagnostic practice. By both regularly practicing on IXL and by regularly diagnosing, students will have a chance to master skills that will help them grow and receive their most current levels. Once students have received an overall diagnostic level and levels in each of the six strands, we recommend that they answer 5-10 diagnostic questions per week to keep their diagnostic stats up to date.

If you’d like to chat more about how to best use the Diagnostic with your students, we’d be happy to help! Just contact us at (855) 255-8800 or support@ixl.com.

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Scott A. September 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

Thanks IXL for the reply.
(1) I would ask that you create a report capability for the Diagnostics, so I can see (and print) a list of the kids in my class and see their diagnostic levels for each of the strands. With 75 students this year, I want the single-page listing capability, so that I can easily see their status (and not have to flip through all those kids).
(2) I’d also like the ability to see, again in summary fashion, the Diagnostic score(s) of my students at various points in time. So, a report that shows me what their initial Diagnostic score/level was, and then another column showing me their current score/level (some weeks or months later), so I can see how they are progressing. Again, in summary fashion, so I can get a quick read on my 75 students and then easily identify those who I should drill down further on.
Thanks.

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The IXL Team September 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

Thanks for your feedback, Scott! The IXL Diagnostic is a new feature, so our development team is actively working on refining it further. We’ll pass your requests along to them.

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Stephen Burgess October 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

So where is my diagnostic option. I paid for a yearly family membership? Why don’t I get access?

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The IXL Team October 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Hi Stephen–The IXL Diagnostic is currently available for math in our U.S. edition, though we may expand to other subjects and editions in the future. If you are subscribed to math in our U.S. edition and are having trouble accessing the diagnostic, we’d be happy to help–just contact us at support@ixl.com.

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Scott A. October 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

Hello IXL Team – My students have worked on the Diagnostic and have skill “circles,” not oblong shapes. When they continue to work on the Diagnostic, they can work on Recommended Skills (RS). My question is this: When they work on a Recommended Skill, how far do they have to go (in terms of % score achieved) to improve their circle bubble score level? In other words, must they work to 100% on the skill? 90%? Is there a score below which their bubble score would actually decrease?
I need to understand this to be able to tell my students what they should do on the RS to improve their existing bubble score level. Thanks.

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The IXL Team October 20, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Hi Scott–It’s great that you’re utilizing the recommended skills after your students’ diagnostic practice! Getting a score of 90 or higher on a recommended skill will have the maximum impact on their diagnostic score, and we do also recommend that students answer 5-10 diagnostic questions per week to keep the Diagnostic updated. When you see a single number as a student’s diagnostic score, that indicates the student’s working grade level. For example, a level of 500 indicates readiness to work on fifth grade level skills. Whereas, when their score appears as a range (for example, 400-600), it means that the Diagnostic does not yet have enough information to pinpoint a student’s level. If you have any other questions about how best to use the Diagnostic with your students, we’d be happy to help! Feel free to get in touch at support@ixl.com or (855) 255-8800.

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HI November 5, 2017 at 8:46 am

IXL needs a bit of work on L4 7th grade

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The IXL Team November 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

Hi there–If you have any specific feedback on a skill, feel free to let us know with this form: https://www.ixl.com/feedback

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ozlem November 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Hi, we have parent subscription to europe curriculum. Do you plan to implement diagnostic for europe soon? It looks really great and what I need to support him, I can switch the country to US but he will be devastated to loose all of his awards 🙂

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The IXL Team November 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

Hi Ozlem–We’re currently focused on making the IXL Diagnostic experience the best it can be for our U.S edition but may expand this feature to other editions in the future. Although your son’s awards won’t transfer to the U.S. edition, his awards and progress will be saved in your Europe account, should you decide to return to the Europe edition later. If you have any other questions about switching editions or about memberships in general, we’d be happy to help–just contact us at support@ixl.com.

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.NANDANA.BALRAJ.NAIR December 5, 2017 at 3:34 am

CAN I JOIN THE DIAGNOSTIC ARENA

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The IXL Team December 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

Hi there–If you sign in to your IXL account and head to the Learning tab, you’ll find the Diagnostic arena! You can also follow this link: https://www.ixl.com/diagnostic/

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Eskes January 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

Hi- My 6th grade son is using diagnostic IXL to work at his own pace at school and at home. He has been working on calculus problems, continues to make progress and enjoys these problems the most. My question is that this does not seem grade level so is he really doing calculus or is just a beginning level of what he will be doing when he is older? How accurate is the diagnostic in recommending skills and level?
Thanks,
Eskes

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The IXL Team January 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

Hi Eskes–As students work on the Continuous Diagnostic, it may uncover knowledge gaps or areas for extra practice that are below grade level, so your son may encounter skills that are designed to build his knowledge. We’d be happy to chat with you more about IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic and answer any questions you may have! Please contact us at support@ixl.com or (855) 255-8800.

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Michelle DeFosset January 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

I love IXL and we are using it as a tool for our Math Lab students. Can you possibly tell me how the Diagnostic Level is determined. It seems that a few of my students have a lower diagnostic score then they did before. Does that make sense? I wasn’t have them work in the Diagnostic arena weekly…is that why they are scoring at a lower grade level? For example: The first time they scored a 680 the second time they scored a 620. Should I have them be doing anything in particular?

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The IXL Team January 9, 2018 at 11:10 am

HI Michelle–We’re glad to hear you love IXL and that you’ve found it helpful in your math lab! After students’ diagnostic level has been pinpointed to a single number, we do recommend that they complete about 5-10 diagnostic questions per week to keep the Continuous Diagnostic fully up-to-date. Regular IXL practice is also taken into account in diagnostic results, so if your students have had any trouble with certain skills it may affect their Diagnostic level. If you have any other questions about the Continuous Diagnostic and the best ways to use it with your students, we’d be happy to help! Just contact us at support@ixl.com.

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quindaisia February 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

this is a great website and i love it it just need games.

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The IXL Team February 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Hi there–We’re glad you enjoy IXL! We’ll let our development team know that you’d like to see games on IXL.

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Marissa C April 5, 2018 at 6:57 am

I can not locate the IXL analytics on the ipads for students. When using the web browser it reverts to the app therefore my students can not use the Diagnostics.

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The IXL Team April 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Hi Marissa,
The Continuous Diagnostic is not currently available in the IXL app, but we are planning to add it in the future. For now, students can access the Continuous Diagnostic and their stats on our website, and any practice done through the app will be tracked and taken into account by the Diagnostic when determining their levels.

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Lisa April 23, 2018 at 12:32 am

Good Day,
I’ve been using IXL for many years in many schools. Recently, I was able to get my current school to come on board with you!

Quick question: Can you update us on the status of the Diagnostic for ELA? This is a most vital area for diagnostics and I know it’s been mentioned previously and looked like it was on the IXL Team’s radar. But when might we expect it to go active? SOON PLEASE? 😀

Thanks,

Lisa

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The IXL Team April 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Hi Lisa–We are actively working on making our Continuous Diagnostic available for ELA in the U.S. edition by this summer! We’ll be sure to announce any news about this on our blog and social media pages.

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Lisa May 10, 2018 at 5:39 am

Hello. My Grade 8 students have been using the Diagnostic and we are narrowing down more scores for them. The only information I see for translating the Diagnostic is “a score of 500 shows the student is ready to begin working at the 5th Grade level”. Do you have a page or sheet that give more of an explanation to help teachers, students and parents translate the Diagnostic? The tool can be a great tool – only if it can be completely understood I believe.
Thanks!

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The IXL Team May 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Hi Lisa — We’re glad you and your students have been exploring our Continuous Diagnostic! When you see a single number as a student’s diagnostic score, that indicates the student’s working grade level. So, a score of 800 indicates readiness to work on eighth grade level skills – and a score of 850 indicates that a student is halfway through the eighth-grade level. You may find our Quick Start Guide helpful–check it out here: https://www.ixl.com/userguides/IXLQuickStart_Diagnostic.pdf. We also have a section of our Help Center devoted to the Continuous Diagnostic: https://www.ixl.com/help-center/Continuous-Diagnostic/1110982. If you have any other questions about how best to use the Diagnostic, we’d be happy to help! Feel free to get in touch at support@ixl.com or (855) 255-8800.

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Jenny May 10, 2018 at 8:42 am

Our teachers are using the math diagnostic. They are looking for something that will show what the student’s original score was on the diagnostic. I am thinking they are going to want to try and show the student growth. Is there a report that would provide this original score?
Thank you,
Jenny

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The IXL Team May 10, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Hi Jenny — The IXL Continuous Diagnostic is meant to inform teachers and students about their current level of understanding, so it is always up to date and continually evolving as a student practices. While there isn’t a Diagnostic report like what you describe, teachers can print out students’ diagnostic stats (which show current levels and skill recommendations) periodically to chart their development over time. They can then check off completed skill recommendations on the printouts as a record of the progress students have made. (They can also save these stats as PDFs!) If you have any further questions about using the Continuous Diagnostic or would like to chat about how your teachers can track growth, we’d be happy to help! Just contact us at support@ixl.com.

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Monicaattia May 26, 2018 at 6:24 am

Where is the reading comprehension

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The IXL Team May 29, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi Monica — You can find all our skills related to reading comprehension here: https://ca.ixl.com/ela/reading-comprehension.

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Anish August 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm

can you please add science to ixl for the canadian verison of ixl

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The IXL Team August 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Hi there — Thanks for reaching out! We’ll let our team know that you’re interested in seeing science in our Canadian edition.

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Renee August 30, 2018 at 4:41 pm

I was trying to have my MATH students do some diagnostic testing and they would get a few math questions and then it would give them ELA questions. I don’t want them to have ELA questions. Is there a way to just diagnose MATH?

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The IXL Team August 31, 2018 at 9:48 am

Hi Renee — The Continuous Diagnostic now features integrated math and ELA questions to create a seamless and engaging experience for students (that also keeps their diagnostic levels up to date!). If you’d like your students to focus on math diagnostic questions only, they can filter within the Diagnostic arena by toggling the math icon — it appears in a drop-down menu on the right-hand side. If you have further questions, feel free to contact help@ixl.com and our team would be happy to assist!

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Amy Webb September 10, 2018 at 7:37 am

Is there a way to turn off the Diagnostic arena when needed? Thanks.

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The IXL Team September 10, 2018 at 11:55 am

Hi Amy — Yes, there is a way to pause Diagnostic breaks! After signing in to IXL.com, open the Welcome menu in the upper-right, and click Profile & settings. Scroll to the bottom to find the row marked Pause diagnostic breaks. Click the link, and your students will forgo diagnostic breaks for the next hour! If you have further questions, please reach out to orders@ixl.com and our team would be happy to help.

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Kimberly M Chronister September 10, 2018 at 7:47 am

Can the Diagnostic Arena be turned off? When I am using IXL practice on a focused lesson, the kids find it distracting.

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The IXL Team September 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

Hi Kimberly — Yes, you can pause Diagnostic breaks! After signing in to IXL.com, open the Welcome menu in the upper-right, and click Profile & settings. Scroll to the bottom to find the row marked Pause diagnostic breaks. Click the link, and your students will forgo diagnostic breaks for the next hour! If you have further questions, please reach out to orders@ixl.com and our team would be happy to help.

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Dr. Peterson September 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

How do I stop this? It’s totally disruptive for my second-grade class. I can stop it for an hour… but I’d like it OFF. Please help: it creates chaos with 7 year olds.

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The IXL Team September 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

Hi there — Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. After hearing from a number of teachers yesterday, we have decided to suspend the integrated diagnostic changes until we can offer more options to support the many different ways that teachers use IXL. While we are excited about the potential to provide you with automatically updated diagnostic information for every student, we want to make sure we’re able to offer all the control and flexibility that teachers like you need.

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Raymee Burrell September 26, 2018 at 5:44 am

Is there a letter that will provide direction for students to complete the diagnostic?

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The IXL Team September 26, 2018 at 10:08 am

Hi Raymee — Take a look at this guide on the Continuous Diagnostic: https://www.ixl.com/userguides/IXLQuickStart_Diagnostic.pdf If you have further questions, please reach out to orders@ixl.com!

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Liana October 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm

I can see that 500 range is 5th grade. Can you confirm that 200 range is 2nd grade, and 300 range is 3rd grade?

Thank you!

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The IXL Team October 24, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Hi Liana,
When you see a single number as a student’s diagnostic score, that indicates the student’s working grade level. So yes, a score of 200 indicates readiness to work on second grade level skills and a score of 300 indicates readiness to work on third grade level skills. (For more, we have a section of our Help Center devoted to the Continuous Diagnostic that you may find helpful: https://www.ixl.com/help-center/Continuous-Diagnostic/1110982.) If you have any other questions about how best to use the Diagnostic, we’d be happy to help! Feel free to get in touch at support@ixl.com or (855) 255-8800.

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Alexis October 25, 2018 at 2:30 am

Is the diagnostic test for math available to Family Accounts? If not how can I track my students progress and identify their gaps?

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The IXL Team October 25, 2018 at 10:33 am

Hi Alexis,
Yes, the Continuous Diagnostic for math is available for families that subscribe to math! The Continuous Diagnostic and IXL Analytics are both great ways to identify knowledge gaps and determine next steps for growth. If you have a family membership and have any questions about how to use the Continuous Diagnostic, we’d be happy to help. Feel free to reach out to support@ixl.com.

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Carie October 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Is pausing the Diagnostic tool for an hour still the only option or are we able to turn it off completely?

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The IXL Team October 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Hi Carie,
Yes, you can pause or turn off the diagnostic breaks from your parent or teacher account. From your Profile and Settings menu, you can pause the breaks for for 1 hour, pause for 1 day, or turn off the breaks completely. (If you haven’t already, we do encourage you to give the integrated diagnostic experience a try, as it is the best way to ensure that IXL can provide you with up-to-date diagnostic data!) If you need any help with this, feel free to reach out to us at help@ixl.com.

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Angela December 5, 2018 at 10:08 am

Is there a way to use IXL as a universal screener?

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The IXL Team December 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Hi Angela — The Continuous Diagnostic was designed to help identify individual students’ current levels of understanding, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, and pinpoint exactly what they are ready to learn next. Learn more about using IXL for RTI here: https://www.ixl.com/membership/IXL-RTI.pdf If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to our team at orders@ixl.com!

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Eric December 10, 2018 at 7:43 am

Is the IXL diagnostic testing criterion or norm referenced? Thanks!

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The IXL Team December 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

Hi Eric — No, the Continuous Diagnostic is not norm referenced. This is because the Continuous Diagnostic is not intended to be used to compare students to other students at one point in time; rather, it is designed to identify individual students’ current levels of understanding and pinpoint exactly what they are ready to learn next.

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Salinee January 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm

Could please explain more about the skill bar? Some ends at 1300, some 1100 where does it number come from? Moreover, why some range is longer than the others? What does it mean?

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The IXL Team January 23, 2019 at 10:42 am

Hi there — The diagnostic levels correspond to grade levels. For example, a level of 1100 represents readiness to begin working on eleventh-grade level skills. If your diagnostic levels are still showing a large range, this means the Continuous Diagnostic is working to find your current level. When the Diagnostic has enough information to pinpoint your level, it will appear as a single number! If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to orders@ixl.com.

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wilfred February 5, 2019 at 8:10 am

that i’m very excited

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Beth February 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Two questions:

1) Is there any way to assign specific practice to students? Now I write which skills I want them to practice on the board but I’d rather be able to assign different skills to different students based on their need to help them with what I am currently teaching.

2) Do you have something that correlates the different skills to different RIT levels on the MAP test? Thanks!

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The IXL Team February 27, 2019 at 10:01 am

Hi Beth — Thanks for writing in! If you have Google Classroom, our integration allows you to assign skills to specific student. For assigning skills to the whole class, check out our Suggested Skills feature and for personalized practice, we recommend having students visit their Recommendations Wall!

We are looking into providing an alignment to the NWEA MAP assessment, and will pass your suggestion along to our team! Our dedicated Professional Learning Group has strategies for helping teachers take their students’ MAP data, plan targeted IXL skill practice, and monitor closely for progress – if that’s something you’re interested in, please reach out to pd@ixl.com!

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Julie March 7, 2019 at 10:28 am

How long does the Diagnostic portion usually take? When do you know that they have reached a targeted level for instruction?

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The IXL Team March 7, 2019 at 11:09 am

Hi Julie — Pinpointing students’ levels in the Continuous Diagnostic usually takes about 75-80 questions for math and 55-65 questions for English language arts. This can be done in one sitting or students can answer questions over the course of a few sessions! And diagnostic levels correspond to grade levels — for example, a score of 600 would indicate readiness to begin working on 6th grade skills. If you have further questions, please reach out to pd@ixl.com!

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Dan Knuth May 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

In the progress and growth report, some of my students do not show growth data, I get the message “gathering data”. How do I fix this?

How do we ensure students work on the continuous diagnostic recommendations?

What is the difference of scoring 80 vs 90 on skills as it relates to the diagnostic score?

Why do some students have high proficiency levels but poor diagnostic growth?

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The IXL Team May 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Hi Dan — The “gathering data” message indicates that the Continuous Diagnostic needs more information in order to pinpoint your students’ levels. We recommend encouraging them to spend more time in the Diagnostic Arena! You could try using the Continuous Diagnostic as a bellringer activity, a station rotation activity, or as homework — and these strategies would be equally helpful for the Recommendations Wall, as well!

While the Continuous Diagnostic does pull insights from regular IXL skill practice, a score of 80 or 90 on a skill does not necessarily correlate to a certain diagnostic score. (The Continuous Diagnostic pinpoints students’ level of understanding in six math strands and four English language arts strands, as well as overall levels, so a single skill’s SmartScore might only be one piece of the puzzle when it comes to determining a student’s levels.) Our team would love to provide more information on how the Continuous Diagnostic can be helpful in your classroom, and answer any other questions you have! Please reach out to orders@ixl.com.

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