How IXL supports competency-based learning

Education has never been one-size-fits-all. Every student’s path to understanding a concept looks different, and it’s only natural—and necessary—that classroom strategies support a more personalized learning process. 

From elementary to high school, teachers are changing the “seat-time” status quo and embracing competency-based education (CBE) strategies. Instead of prioritizing the amount of time a student spends on a particular concept (i.e. spends in their seat), competency-based learning is flexible. Mastery is the driving goal, and students are encouraged to move through concepts at their own pace. 

While CBE strategies vary between classrooms, IXL’s personalized learning platform is fine-tuned to support any CBE framework. With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, personalized guidance, and actionable analytics, IXL offers flexible learning and clear insight into student performance. Read on to learn more about the key pillars of CBE learning and how IXL’s features work to support each one. 

Promotes active learning 

IXL was built on the principle of active learning. It’s a feature that’s critical to any CBE framework—students should feel empowered to make decisions about their learning experiences. 

Ownership over their learning journey helps students feel motivated and invested in their growth. IXL’s Recommendations wall—which allows students to explore key skills to work on—was designed to give students that sense of ownership and freedom by suggesting skills that meet them at their level. 

Provides meaningful, actionable assessments 

In a CBE framework, assessments should do more than provide a learner with a percentage score. Scores should be a true reflection of what learners know, and be accompanied by next steps that encourage growth. 

IXL’s Real-Time Diagnostic accurately assesses students’ grade-level proficiency in math and ELA, and follows up results with a personalized action plan. In just 45 minutes, teachers and students will know exactly where each student’s strengths and learning gaps are. Personalized action plans provide students with their very own roadmap of skills to work on. 

With just 5-10 questions per week, per subject, students can keep their diagnostic levels up to date and ensure their next steps remain relevant and in sync with what they know. 

Supports timely, differentiated support 

Providing opportunities for differentiated learning is a core value of CBE. IXL ensures that teachers can provide that support without getting lost in a sea of paperwork. 

After students complete an IXL skill, you’ll be able to see a full breakdown of their progress and activity in Analytics. These simple and actionable insights help you pinpoint which students to help, how to help, and when. 

With teachers making data-driven instructional decisions based on each student’s individual learning progression, students feel more engaged and make bigger, faster gains both in and out of the classroom.

Encourages mastery at their own pace 

Achieving mastery with flexible pacing is key to success for students in a CBE environment. IXL’s adaptive curriculum is designed to help students build true mastery, while giving them the tools to do so at their own pace. 

When progressing through a skill, students receive a SmartScore, named after its “smart” proprietary algorithm, that accurately measures their current understanding of each topic. A SmartScore of 100 indicates mastery, which students can always achieve, while a SmartScore of 80 indicates proficiency, a great goal for most students. 

To ensure students have a deep understanding of the concept, IXL continuously adjusts question difficulty to meet students at their level. With step-by-step walkthroughs for every incorrect answer, students can easily self-remediate and learn from their mistakes. 

Want to learn more about how IXL supports competency-based learning? Check out this PDF for more information!