What’s new on IXL – December 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 last month of 2021, including Recommendations for science and social studies, new skills for ELA, more math tutorial videos, Spanish support for Checkpoints, and more!

Plus, watch a video that highlights our biggest new releases from this winter. We’re proud of all the ways we’ve made IXL better this year, and we can’t wait to add even more new features in 2022!

New features

Recommendations for IXL Science and IXL Social Studies

IXL now offers personalized skill recommendations for science and social studies! Students practicing these subjects will receive in-skill recommendations for support and next-up inspiration. Science and social studies skills will also appear on students’ Recommendation walls. These skill recommendations are based on students’ previous practice and are categorized to help students achieve different goals.

Image showing recommendations for IXL Science

New math skill plans

We’ve added the following textbook skill plans:

  • Virginia GoMath Grades K-5
  • Math Expressions Grade 6
  • Carnegie Learning Math Geometry
  • enVision Mathematics Integrated I, II, and III

New English language arts skill plans

We added the following new skill plans:

  • REACH for Reading Grades 3 and 5
  • Mirrors and Windows Grade 10

New science skill plan

Following up on our recent release of Amplify Science Grades 4-8, we’ve rounded off our coverage of Amplify Science with skill plans for Grades 2 and 3.

New ELA skills

We have added a number of new skills for early literacy development.

For Pre-Kindergarten, we added 10 new skills on sight words, such as Read sight words: a, in, run, the, you. Sight word skills help students quickly recognize common words, which improves their reading fluency.

Additionally, for grades 1 and 2, we’ve added five new read-along and read-alone skills. Read-along texts feature audio support that highlights each word as it is being read out loud to students. Read-alone texts are designed for students to read independently and therefore have audio support for the direction lines and answer choices, but not the passages. You can try out one of these new skills here.

Image showing example of new IXL read-alone skill on famous places

New lessons for Algebra 1

We have released a batch of 8 new lessons, adding to our offerings for Algebra 1. Students can use these lessons to brush up on key math topics before they start practicing! New topics include domain and range, standard deviation and variance, and arithmetic sequences. Lessons are available for math in third grade through Algebra 1 and are listed at the bottom of the grade-level landing pages. Take a look at all of our Algebra 1 lessons here.

Updated features

Complete math video coverage in grades 6-8

We’ve released 13 new math videos to complete our video tutorial coverage in grades 6-8! That means every middle school math skill now comes with an on-demand video walkthrough. These new videos cover topics such as simplifying expressions by combining like terms with algebra tiles and the relationship between perimeter and area in rectangles.

More Spanish support for math

We’ve extended our Spanish translation coverage to Checkpoints! Spanish support is now available for select grade 8 math Checkpoints. Have a look at one of our favorites.

These will work just like other translated skills, except that when students answer a problem incorrectly, they’ll see a translated explanation for the exact problem they saw. In other translated skills, students are instead given a translated example similar to the problem they saw.

In addition to translated Checkpoints, we’ve expanded our Spanish-language support to include a few dozen new math skills. These newly supported skills include topics such as dilations, special right triangles, and equations of parallel and perpendicular lines.