Here’s an exciting summer forecast: IXL’s Study in the Sun Contest is almost here! This annual showdown is a fun way to make sure summer break doesn’t include a break from learning. Dive in, challenge yourself, and be one of the winners to receive an awesome prize: an iPad mini!
The contest will have three grade ranges: PreK–4th, 5th–8th, and 9th–12th. The three students in each grade range who answer the most IXL questions correctly during the contest period will take home the prize. (For more on the rules, see below.)
We’ll share leaderboards on June 28, July 26, and August 16. Winners will be announced here on September 6 and will be notified by email.
Ready to sign up for a summer of learning? Participating students must be registered by a parent or teacher by August 31: register here.
Be sure to check out the contest rules and FAQs below! (For the full rules, please click here.) If you have any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility: All participating students must register online by August 31 at https://www.ixl.com/contest. Students must be registered by their parent (if on a family membership) or their teacher (if on a school account). Eligible registrations should include an accurate IXL username–IXL is not responsible for incorrect or incomplete registrations. Students must be part of an active IXL site, classroom, or family account. Trial members will not be eligible. Students must be registered under the grade range that accurately reflects the grade level he/she is in for the 2019-2020 school year. Only results from one account will be tallied for each student—results from multiple accounts cannot be combined. Each participating student must have their own username.
How to register: For children on a family account, the child’s parent or legal guardian must log into IXL and go to the registration form to sign up their child. For students on a classroom, school, or district account, the student’s teacher must log in to IXL and go to the registration form to sign up the student.
Determination of winners: IXL will select the top 3 students from each grade range (PK-4, 5-8, and 9-12) who have answered the most questions correctly on IXL between June 1, 2019, at 12:01 am (PST) and August 31, 2019, at 11:59 pm (PST). Winners will be announced on September 6, 2019 on the IXL Blog. Questions in all subjects on the student’s subscription will be counted. Questions completed as part of a trial will not be eligible. For students in grades PK-4, questions answered in all grade levels will be counted. For students in grades 5-8, only questions from grade 3 and above are eligible. 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 (SmartScore of 100) once during the contest period will not be counted. No more than 50 total questions answered (whether answered correctly or incorrectly) by a student in a single skill (prior to reaching a score of 100) will be eligible. No more than 500 total questions answered (whether answered correctly or incorrectly) per day by a student will be eligible. In the event of a tie, the student with the higher percentage of correct answers will win. If a second tiebreaker is needed, the student with the higher number of skills mastered will win. This contest is intended to encourage students to practice 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
Why do parents/teachers have to register students?
Data security and student privacy are some of our highest priorities at IXL Learning, and this registration process ensures that IXL is compliant with FERPA and COPPA policies regarding student privacy.
How do I check the total number of questions I have attempted?
Sign in to your IXL account and visit the “Usage Details” report, which can be found by clicking on the “Analytics” tab. You can also find it by visiting https://www.ixl.com/analytics/student-details. Once you reach this report, select “custom date range” and set it for June 1 and the current date. Then, select the subject(s) you practiced and set the appropriate grade levels if needed.
How do I check the number of questions I’ve answered correctly?
The “Usage Details” report is also helpful for getting a sense of the number of questions you’ve answered correctly. Once you’ve set the “custom date range” for June 1 and the current date, you’ll see a rundown of all the questions you’ve answered. Beneath the name of the skill, there will be a row of information that includes number of questions answered and questions missed.
Are problems for all subjects counted?
Yes, practice in all subjects (math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish) on your subscription will be counted. However, we will not count practice in subjects for which you have a trial.
Are questions from the Continuous Diagnostic counted?
No, questions answered in the Diagnostic arena do not count toward the contest; however, students are welcome to visit their Recommendations wall and practice the “From the diagnostic arena” skills found there—those will count!
Is practice counted starting June 1 or starting from when I registered?
Practice will be counted starting June 1, no matter when you registered—just make sure you register your child or student at https://www.ixl.com/contest by the August 31 deadline!
Will you be posting rankings so we can see where we stand in the competition?
We will be sharing leaderboards on the IXL blog (https://blog.ixl.com/) and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IXL) on June 28, July 26, and August 16. (Due to the large number of entries, we do not send individual updates on contest progress.) Winners will be announced September 6 and will be notified by email.
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 a student masters a skill during the contest period, any further practice will not count.
Will IXL count incorrectly answered questions? Will questions practiced outside of the student’s grade level be counted?
We encourage students to practice above or below grade level, and we want them to know that it’s okay to make mistakes and 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.
Incorrectly answered questions will count towards a student’s 500 question daily limit but winners will be determined based on who has the highest number of eligible questions answered correctly during the contest period. (Additionally, up to 50 questions answered by one student in a single skill prior to reaching a SmartScore of 100 will be counted.) Incorrectly answered questions will not factor into the determination of winners unless a tiebreaker is needed; in that case, the entrant with the higher percentage of correctly answered eligible questions will win.
I have students/children in different grade ranges. How do I sign them all up for the contest?
You can register students one grade range at at time! Log in to your teacher or parent account, fill out the registration form for all students in one grade range, and submit. Then, refresh the page and fill out another form for students in the other grade range.