What’s new on IXL – October 2021

At IXL, we strive to keep our personalized learning platform in line and up to date with students’ evolving needs. That’s why we compile a list of our top new features to help you—as a learner, educator, or parent—get the most out of IXL.

Keep reading below for a roundup of releases from the past month, including Group Jam, a redesigned Skills Practiced report, lessons for Algebra 1, additional math tutorial videos, and more!

New features

IXL Group Jam

Teachers can now create Group Jams to work through questions together with their entire class! Group Jams offer teachers more ways to engage their students and use IXL skills within their classroom. For example, teachers who previously projected IXL questions when teaching a concept can now use a Group Jam to gauge student understanding before having them work on skills individually. Group Jams are flexible, so they can be used during instruction or review, competitively or collaboratively, remotely or in person.

Image showing IXL Group Jams

New math skill plans

We’ve added the following textbook skill plans. Some of these skill plans currently focus on the first half of the book, and you can look forward to seeing the second half completed soon:

  • Illustrative Mathematics Grades K, 1, 3, and 4
  • Origo Stepping Stones 2.0 Grades 1-3
  • Bridges in Mathematics Grade 5
  • Reveal Math Grades 7-8
  • McGraw Hill Texas Math Course 3 (Grade 8) and Geometry
  • Glencoe Math Algebra I
  • Agile Mind Intensified Algebra 1
  • Pearson TX Geometry

We’ve also completed the remaining chapters for Reveal Math Grade 6 and Glencoe Math FL Grades 6-8.

Additionally, we’ve started extensive updates to our Go Math 2015 K-5 and Glencoe Course 1-3 skill plans. These revisions focus on adding a number of new skills, as well as refining many existing skills to make them more lesson-specific.

Integrated Math Weekly Boost skill plans

We’ve added IXL Weekly Boost skill plans for Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3. Each of these skill plans guides students through a school year’s worth of curriculum following a pace and progression that was carefully designed by IXL’s curriculum team. We’re particularly excited about the Checkpoints included in the Integrated Math 1 and 2 skill plans, which are specifically tailored to the content covered in those courses.

New ELA skill plans

We have added the last two units for ReadyGEN Grades 3 and 4. With this release, we now have alignments for the entire year for grades K, 2, 3, and 4. The last few units for grades 1, 5, and 6 are still in the works and will be released in the near future.

Lessons for Algebra 1

We have released a new batch of lessons, expanding our offerings to Algebra 1. Students can use these lessons to brush up on key math topics before they start practicing! New topics include linear inequalities, absolute value functions, and quadratic equations. Lessons are now available for math in 3rd grade through Algebra 1 and are listed at the bottom of the grade-level landing pages. Take a look at the new lessons.

Updated features

Redesigned Skills Practiced report

We have completely redesigned the Skills Practiced report in Teacher Analytics! The report is now more intuitive and engaging, and quickly answers the question “What skills have my students been working on, and how are they doing on those skills?”

Using the new Skills Practiced report, teachers can easily check whether most students have worked on the intended skills, and can see at a glance which skills may need a re-teach.

For each skill students have practiced, the report shows:

  • Whether the skill is a suggested skill
  • A visual representation of how many students have mastered, practiced, or not practiced the skill
  • The number of students who have a trouble spot in that skill

Clicking any skill expands a list of students’ names, current levels, and current SmartScores, plus a link to view the Skill Analysis report for that skill.

Image showing redesigned Skills Practiced report

New math video tutorials

We’ve released 58 new math videos to expand our coverage of video tutorials in grades 6-8! These cover topics such as parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines, distance/direction to starting point, and multiplying polynomials.

More math skills with Spanish support

We’ve expanded our Spanish-language support to include new math skills in grades 1-8 and Algebra 1. These newly supported skills involve topics such as fraction word problems, creating and interpreting bar graphs, and solving multi-step equations.