Make sure students are ready for end-of-unit and high-stakes tests with Checkpoints!
Checkpoints are rigorous questions that challenge students to apply their knowledge from multiple concepts at once. They help educators identify students’ specific knowledge gaps, and then point to the exact foundational skills to work on to close them.
Checkpoints are available for 8th grade math, Algebra 1, and Geometry, covering Common Core and most state standards. They’re easy to find, too! Head to the grade-level landing pages (8th grade math, Algebra 1, and Geometry) and look for “Checkpoint” in the skill’s name and the blue flag next to it.
How to use Checkpoints
You can incorporate Checkpoints into your instruction in a variety of ways. Assign them throughout the year at the end of units or in the spring ahead of state assessments.
Have your students answer at least 6-10 questions in a Checkpoint to get started. This gives IXL enough data to provide meaningful insights on a student’s understanding of the concepts and standard/s covered by that skill.
If a student answers a question incorrectly on a Checkpoint, IXL automatically identifies the specific underlying foundational concept/s they should work on. IXL also points them to the skills that review those foundational concepts, providing a clear way for them to self-remediate and fill knowledge gaps.
After answering 6-10 questions, students can aim to reach proficiency (a SmartScore of 80) if they feel ready, or pause and work on their recommended foundational skills.
As students practice Checkpoints, you will begin to uncover meaningful insights in the Skill Analysis report within IXL Analytics. There, you’ll see the percentage of your students who are proficient in these skills, helping you determine which learners are ready to move forward and which students may need some additional support.
You’ll also see students organized into groups based on gaps in foundational skills (proficient, not proficient, not enough practice), along with a helpful carousel of problems that you can use during remediation.
Plus, you can get a high-level view of your students’ overall standards readiness in our new Checkpoint Performance report.
Learn more about how Checkpoints can help you assess and address standards readiness in our full implementation guide.