What’s new on IXL – November 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 new skills for math, ELA, and science; expanded audio explanations for math and ELA; additional math tutorial videos; Spanish support for Geometry; and more!

New features

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:

  • Reveal Math Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 3, and Geometry
  • Reveal Math Integrated I, II, III
  • Math Connects Courses 1-3 (Grades 6-8)
  • Math Focus Grades 6-8 (Canada edition)
  • Big Ideas Math 2022 Algebra 1
  • Calculus AP Edition (Briggs, et. al)

We’ve also completed the remaining chapters for 4 skill plans:

  • Origo Stepping Stones 2.0 Grade 3
  • Reveal Math Grade 4
  • Math Connects Grade 6
  • McGraw Hill Texas Math Course 2 (Grade 7)

Additionally, we’ve made extensive updates to our Big Ideas 2019 Algebra 1 skill plan, as well as completed updates to our Glencoe Geometry skill plan and our Go Math 2015 K-5 skill plans.

New English language arts skill plans

We’ve added the following ELA textbook skill plans:

  • REACH for Reading Grade 4
  • ReadyGEN Grade 6
  • Mirrors & Windows Grade 9

We have also added the last units for ReadyGEN grades 1 and 5, so now the skill plans cover the entire year. That means we offer complete coverage of ReadyGEN grades K-6! 

Finally, we have updated the ELA Journeys Kindergarten and Grade 2 plans to feature our new reading skills.

New science skill plans

We’ve added textbook skill plans for Amplify Science Grades 4-8 and are looking forward to adding more grades soon!

New ELA read along skills

We have added a number of new Pre-K and Kindergarten read along skills. In the new Kindergarten reading skills Read along about science and nature and Read along about food students learn fascinating new facts about the world—from the many uses of animal tails to the versatility of pineapple—as they practice basic reading comprehension.

Image of a new read along ELA skill that teaches students about nature while reinforcing reading comprehension

Updated features

ELA explanation audio for grades 3-5

We have added audio to the explanations for ELA questions in grades 3-5! This means we now have complete audio support—for questions and explanations— throughout elementary school (Pre-K through grade 5). This audio support allows our elementary school users to learn and practice ELA independently, and to get the in-the-moment support they need.

Math explanation audio for grades 6-8

We’ve extended audio support to explanations for math skills in grades 6-8! Now, when a teacher or parent turns on the optional audio support, both the question and explanation in middle school skills will have audio available.

Image showing explanation audio support for an eighth grade IXL math skill

More math video tutorials

We’ve released 66 new math video tutorials to expand our video coverage in grades 6-8. These cover topics such as base plans, parts of three-dimensional figures, and comparing percents to each other and to fractions. Our team is also hard at work on videos for grade 5 and Algebra 1, which we plan to have live later this winter.

More Spanish support for math skills

We’ve extended Spanish-language support for math to Geometry! Spanish support is now available for select Geometry skills, including constructions and proofs. The topics covered include congruence and similarity, trigonometry, logic, transformations, geometric measurements, and more. 

Aside from Geometry, we have also expanded Spanish support to several other topics such as drawing lines of symmetry, naming angles, and writing the equation of a parabola.