What is IXL’s Diagnostic Action Plan?

Because no two learners are the same, neither are our Diagnostic Action Plans! These personalized plans are unique to each student and are created based on insights from IXL’s Real-Time Diagnostic.

These roadmaps to learning show what students already know, and recommend the exact skills a student should work on next, helping learners to make meaningful progress and quickly fill specific knowledge gaps.

Here’s a brief overview of the Diagnostic Action Plan, including how to access it and how to interpret it.

Where to find the Diagnostic Action Plan

When signed in, you can access the Diagnostic Action Plan by going to the Diagnostic tab and selecting the “Print Diagnostic Action Plan” button at the bottom of the page.

Teachers can also find Diagnostic Action Plans in the Diagnostic Overview report, which gives a quick view of each student’s levels. Selecting a student’s name will bring up their Diagnostic Action Plan.

Example image of Diagnostic Action Plan

How to read the Diagnostic Action Plan


On a Diagnostic Action Plan, each student will have an overall level for a subject that shows their grade-level proficiency as a number. Diagnostic levels correspond to grade levels, so for example a level of 450 means a student understands about half of the 4th grade curriculum.

That student will also have a level for each strand of that subject, letting you see how they’re doing in specific areas of math and English language arts.

Levels can either be a star or a range. If a level is a star, the student’s level in that strand has been pinpointed to a single number and is up to date. If the level is a range, then that means the student needs to keep answering diagnostic questions.


In addition to a level, each strand will show up to five recommended skills for a student to work on. These skills are tailored to each student based on their diagnostic responses. They are personalized to the right level of difficulty and highlight the perfect skills to help students make progress right away.

Get started with the Diagnostic Action Plan today by having your learners practice in the Real-Time Diagnostic.

For an even more detailed look at these plans, check out IXL’s guide to understanding the Diagnostic Action Plan.