Announcing IXL’s NWEA MAP alignments!

The perfect tool to accelerate growth

May 20, 2019


In the Classroom, For Admins

IXL has introduced skill alignments for the NWEA MAP Growth math assessments!

These alignments pinpoint the right skills for every RIT score, so that you can quickly and easily direct your students to the exact IXL skills they should focus on. Simply choose an instructional area, and have students complete the IXL skills recommended for their score!

Because each IXL skill is adaptive, it will give students the support they need to build mastery at their own pace. If a specific skill is too challenging for a student, direct them to use the in-skill recommendations at the bottom of the screen, which will help them fill the knowledge gap. Once a student has completed all the skills in their score range, they’re ready to move on to the next score range and continue building their knowledge!

NEW for fall 2019: NWEA MAP skill plans! Built right into IXL, these skill plans make it even easier to find the right skills and suggest them to your students. See the new skill plans here!

You can also download PDF versions of the alignments here and below.

Grades:   K-2     2-5      6+


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All Comments (26)

Jessica L Burnham June 1, 2019 at 8:19 am

Good morning- Your link for NWEA skill plan report above for grades 2-5 directs to 6+data. Please correct, I am eager to use this information to assist with our summer learning plan.


The IXL Team June 3, 2019 at 10:19 am

Thanks for letting us know! We have fixed the link and you can visit the 2-5 skill plan above.


Tim Keaton June 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Are there plans to align any other subjects with MAP Growth? My school currently has a Math subscription, but we’re also looking for support in other areas.


The IXL Team June 6, 2019 at 9:48 am

Hi Timmy — While we don’t currently have plans to add additional MAP alignments, we’ll let our team know this is something you’re interested in!


Kelley Taylor June 18, 2019 at 4:58 am

I would love to see something similar in ELA!


The IXL Team June 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

Thanks for letting us know! We’ll pass your feedback along to our team.


aron June 25, 2019 at 6:54 am

this is great i love it now get better grades


Johanna July 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Would love to see NWEA skill paths added for Language Arts!


The IXL Team July 1, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Hi Johanna–We are looking into an NWEA skill plan for ELA! In the meantime, we’ve let our team know that this is something you’re interested in.


Toni Pruitt August 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Any word of a release date on ELA for this?


The IXL Team August 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

Hi Toni — We’re looking into developing an NWEA alignment for ELA, but don’t have a release date to share. We’ll let our team know this is something you’re interested in!


Karla Ríos August 16, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Hi! We are super interested on the ELA program. When is it going to be ready??


The IXL Team August 19, 2019 at 10:02 am

Hi Karla — We’re looking into developing an NWEA alignment for ELA, but don’t have a release date to share. We’ll let our team know this is something you’re interested in!


Jacob Felger August 20, 2019 at 7:20 am

I’m also going to say, “please” release an ELA version! 🙂


Donna Altuna August 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

I will second that!


Tom Batty August 28, 2019 at 10:05 am

Could you elaborate on the RIT cutoff? The NWEA 2-5 and the NWEA 6+ tests are different. NWEA claims they form a continuum, but they really do not.
Specifically, how do I find IXL levels for a 2nd graders with a 245 MAP score? Your mapping would direct them to mostly 8th grade material, but at least based on my judgement the 6th grade material may be more appropriate. Also, the tested areas do not entirely overlap.

My recommendation: add mappings for >= 220 range to the 2-5 mappings.
Take a look at the percentiles as well:
You’ll see that a significant portion of MAP test takes in 4th and 5th grade are not covered by your ranges!


The IXL Team August 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Hi Tom — Thanks for writing in! We’re hoping to enhance our alignments for students with high MAP scores in the future. In the meantime, we recommend using IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic to find appropriately challenging skills for these students! If you have further questions, please email


Sherri Stowers September 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Can a Growth Report for each student be generated from the MAP NWEA Skill plan?


The IXL Team September 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Hi Sherri — The NWEA MAP skill plan outlines the exact IXL skills to practice for a given RIT score. Then, student progress can be tracked using IXL Analytics! If you have further questions, our team would be happy to help — please email them at


M.R. August 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

…just wanted to also state our county is very interested in an ELA version. Thank you


Kristen Howie August 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Hello! 3rd Grade teacher here. 🙂 I have been trying to do some aligning myself the past few years but this makes it SO MUCH easier and more accurate. Thank you so much!!! Is there anyway that you could put the skill in parentheses next to each link? I am trying to work on a document to show parents skills their child could work on at home that coordinates to their RIT score. My only complaint (but I use that word lightly because this document is AMAZING!!) is that I have to click on each link to then be taken to IXL to the direct skill and then typing it into a document. I spent over 2 hours last night clicking on every single link in each category and made it just through the Operations and Algebraic Thinking portion for grades 2-5. It would make it so much easier if we could just see the skill right beside the description (Ex. second grade E.12) in the actual document instead of clicking back and forth between the document and IXL. Any chance???? 🙂 🙂 🙂


The IXL Team August 30, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Hi Kristen — The three-letter codes that appear next to each skill link are Permanent Skill IDs, which will never change and can be used to direct students to the specific skill! Learn more in our blog post here. You may also find our suggested skills feature helpful for assigning skills directly within IXL! And, check out our NWEA MAP skill plan. If you have further questions, our team would be happy to help — please email!


Jennifer Vaughn September 10, 2019 at 8:46 am

Do students have to complete the diagnostic if we are using the NWEA MAP Growth Plan? If not, will their data be evident on reports for RTI/SST purposes?


The IXL Team September 10, 2019 at 10:49 am

Hi Jennifer — While the Continuous Diagnostic is not required, it is a great resource for pinpointing students’ current understanding and finding any knowledge gaps! Our team would be happy to chat with you more about this, as well as our NWEA MAP Growth skill plan–please email


Ken W September 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

I have a large number of students I am trying to create a personal plan for with their MAP scores. Is there a specific place that a student can enter their MAP score and be given a list of topics to practice? Creating a specific plan for every student is very time consuming.
Also, is there any chance there could be alignments for for the Algebra 1 MAP test?


The IXL Team September 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Hi Ken — Students can view the NWEA MAP skill plan for their grade range, and scroll to the appropriate section for their score range. They will find a list of skills to practice! If you have further questions, please email


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