Students turn to virtual schools for a variety of reasons: many learn at home due to medical conditions; some are elite athletes or performers who need more flexibility to accommodate training schedules; others prefer online education because it’s a better fit with their learning style. The sudden shift to distance learning in 2020 became a catalyst for even more learners to join the 375,000 students enrolled in virtual schools across the United States.
To meet a diverse range of needs, ensure every student meets grade-level standards, and support independent learning, virtual schools have turned to IXL’s personalized platform. Utilizing IXL’s comprehensive curriculum, personalized guidance, and analytics tools, virtual schools provide high-quality educational experiences that put students on the path to graduation while outside of a traditional classroom.
Individualization for virtual learning
“IXL is easy to use because everything is aligned to our state standards. When students are on such individualized paths and using different curricular materials, it’s really hard for teachers to ensure they are hitting all of the grade-level standards. With IXL, it’s easy to see exactly what material students have covered and where they need more work.” — Math Instructional Coach at a virtual K-12 school in Oklahoma
To ensure students meet grade-level standards and are fully prepared for standardized testing, virtual schools use IXL’s comprehensive K-12 curriculum with over 8,500 skills covering five subjects. With access to a broad range of rigorous skills, virtual schools can ensure students study at their own pace—learners can quickly catch up on previous grade-level content or jump head if they’ve mastered material. Skills are fully aligned to all 50 state standards, including the Common Core, making standards-based instruction easy for teachers. And with skills aligned to over 40 popular textbook series, IXL can support nearly any lesson!
IXL further individualizes learning for virtual school students by creating personalized pathways for growth. After learners practice in IXL, the curriculum adjusts to match their knowledge levels and creates personalized skill recommendations. These recommendations give virtual schools flexibility regarding what skills to assign, help learners make academic strides in their own time, and empower students to learn independently.
On-demand assessments with the Real-Time Diagnostic
“IXL has so many different components to it. It’s not just the standards-based practice, but the diagnostic and the recommendations that come from that. It helps us fill in the gaps to ensure that all students are hitting grade-level standards.” — Math Instructional Coach at a virtual K-12 charter school in Oklahoma
Since virtual schools don’t have opportunities to gauge student progress and provide continual feedback in-person, accurately assessing shifts in knowledge over time—at any time—is crucial. IXL’s Real-Time Diagnostic is the perfect tool to help educators accomplish the task by reliably measuring student growth on-demand no matter where teaching happens.
The diagnostic evaluates students across every concept in IXL’s K-12 curriculum, providing an accurate portrait of students’ knowledge levels in math and language arts. This helps virtual schools understand exactly what content students absorb, shows teachers precisely what to do next to help their class improve, and encourages learners to take an active role in their education. And teachers can assign work in the diagnostic anytime, allowing them to assess skill proficiency throughout the year!
Check out this implementation guide to see how the diagnostic will be used in your virtual school!
Insights into your virtual classroom’s needs
Without in-person contact, it can be difficult for educators to fully understand how learners are engaging with daily online instruction. Luckily, IXL Analytics provides virtual schools with reports that give real-time insight into student progress and help teachers make data-informed decisions in the classroom.
Virtual schools use the Student Quickview report to see what each student is working on, making it perfect for checking whether they have completed their assignments or to reward top learners. The Trouble Spots report helps teachers address student needs from a distance by highlighting skills students are struggling with the most. Virtual schools use the information provided by these reports to help educators become more responsive to student needs and further tailor learning experiences.
Virtual schools even can monitor student work in real time with Live Classroom. The report offers an overview of class activity and gives teachers instant updates when students need support, are idle, or are ready to tackle more skills. Educators also message students in Live Classroom to provide academic support, clarify instructions, or send encouraging notes!
To learn more about how IXL is implemented in virtual schools, check out our implementation strategies on our Back-to-School Hub!