Using IXL to set IEP goals

If you’re a special education teacher or related service provider, then you know how important IEPs are for your students. You also know that the annual task of writing new IEP goals can be a challenging and time consuming endeavor. However, with the help of IXL and its myriad tools and resources, writing new goals is easier than ever. 

Start with the Diagnostic Action Plan

The IXL Real-Time Diagnostic helps you understand exactly what students know, and precisely what to do to help them improve. Reviewing a student’s diagnostic data is a perfect starting place for developing their IEP goals. 

Once a student has up-to-date diagnostic levels, you can see their overall standings, as well as their individual strand levels, in math, reading, and language arts. Try downloading the student’s Diagnostic Action Plan for easy access to their levels and diagnostic recommendations!

This personalized action plan helps you hone in on the strands where a student needs the most support. After identifying target areas for growth, you can use diagnostic skill recommendations from key strands to help identify potential goals. Then, simply assign the personalized skills to your student

Determine goal baselines 

IEP goals need to be as SMART as possible: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time sensitive. In order to properly measure a student’s progress on a goal, you need to be able to take a clear baseline measurement. 

IXL tracks student performance based on a variety of measurements. So whether you’re using a SmartScore, correct questions percentage, time spent on IXL, or a combination of data as your baseline, IXL has the exact information you need to set a SMART IEP goal.

Consult IXL reports

Once your student has completed their assigned skill practice, check in on their performance with IXL Analytics. 

The Student Details report is a favorite among special education teachers. It provides a wealth of data, including the baseline measurements listed above. You’ll even be able to calculate a percentage for each learning session based on the student’s total questions answered and number of questions missed. 

The Student Score Chart is also helpful! With this report, you can filter the chart to show a specific standard skill plan and easily see the students’ scores for your priority standards. 

Align and adapt goals with IXL features

Standards alignment

If you need an IEP goal to address a state standard, then you’re in luck! IXL has custom-built skill plans with standard alignments for all 50 states. You can access your state standards from the Skill Plans page. Easily navigate to the subject and grade level you require to see which skills match with each standard. We recommend pinning the skill plans you’ll use throughout the year to the top of the skill plan page for easy access!

In-skill recommendations

If a student is struggling with their suggested skills, the ‘Work it Out’ recommendations can help you find a suitable prerequisite level. These recommendations are particularly useful in finding the right starting point for students, even if they’re working below grade level, to ensure they’re working toward proficiency for the same standard. By using the in-skill recommendations and examining IXL’s scaffolded skill progressions, you’ll be able to easily plan appropriate benchmarks to help your student reach their goal by the next IEP annual review. 

Every student, especially those with IEP goals, has unique strengths and areas of improvement. With IXL’s personalized learning platform, you can confidently and efficiently create SMART IEP goals that address each learner’s exact needs! 

Check out the IXL for IEP Progress Monitoring guide for step-by-step instructions on implementing IXL in your classroom!