Get excited: It’s almost time for IXL’s annual Spring Learning Showdown! Encourage your class to make next month one for the record books by answering as many questions as they can for the chance to win a pizza party. The fun begins April 1!
New for 2020
Thirty classrooms will take the prize: ten elementary, ten middle, and ten high school! We understand that more classrooms will be using digital learning tools this year, and want to provide a little extra motivation for students to keep up the hard work.
Plus: This year only, we are allowing classrooms on active trial accounts to join in on the competition!
The classrooms with the highest average number of questions answered per student will score a pizza party for all their hard work. Keep in mind: Each student must reach a SmartScore of 100 in at least 3 skills during the contest period in order to have their questions counted.
We’ll post leaderboard updates on April 17 and April 24 so you can keep track of your standing, and we’ll announce winners on May 8.
Register your classroom here by April 30. If you teach classes in multiple grade ranges, register them one at a time.
Read on for a rundown of contest rules and the answers to frequently asked questions. Best of luck!
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, or on an active classroom trial, at a public or private elementary, middle, or high school. Classrooms must have a minimum class size of 10 students.
Determination of winners: IXL will select the ten Pre-K–4th grade classrooms, ten 5th–8th grade classrooms, and ten 9th–12th grade classrooms (30 classrooms total) that have completed the most average questions per student on IXL between April 1, 2020, at 12:01 am (PST) and April 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm (PST). Winners will be announced on May 8, 2020. Questions in all subjects on the classroom’s subscription (math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish) will be counted. 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 50 questions answered by one student in a single skill (prior to reaching a score of 100) will be eligible. Each student must master (reach a SmartScore of 100 in) at least 3 skills during the contest period in order to have their questions counted. 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 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.
Prizes: Thirty classrooms (ten from each grade band) will receive a $250 Visa gift card.
For the full rules, please click here.
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 date range to “This month”, select the subject/s your students practiced, and set the grade levels if needed.
How do I check to see if my students have mastered (reached a SmartScore of 100 in) at least 3 skills?
When you’re signed in to your IXL account, head to the “Analytics” tab and visit the “Score Grid” report (https://www.ixl.com/analytics/score-grid). To see a rundown of students’ score within the contest period, set the date range to “This month” and make sure you’re viewing current scores and not best attempt scores. (Not sure how to switch between best attempt scores and current scores? See the screenshot below!)
Are problems for all subjects counted?
Yes, practice in all subjects on your subscription will be counted.
Is practice counted starting April 1 or when I registered?
Practice will be counted starting April 1, no matter when you registered—just make sure you register here by the April 30th deadline!
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 17 and April 24. The leaderboards will be posted on the IXL blog (https://blog.ixl.com/) and announced on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IXL) and Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ixllearning). Winners will be announced May 8.
Will IXL count questions for previously mastered skills?
If the skills were mastered prior to the start of the contest (April 1), 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. Up to 50 questions answered by one student in a single skill (prior to reaching a SmartScore of 100) will be counted. 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.