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 school-wide IXL Leaderboards, IXL Games for grades 3-5, math video tutorials for grade 4, and more! To stay current with our latest major updates, follow IXL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Admins can now create IXL Leaderboards to get the whole school involved in friendly competitions! Admins can choose whether to set up a leaderboard for their entire school, or for students in specific grade levels.
Like with teacher leaderboards, admins can also customize what the competition will be based on, the duration of the competition, and which grade level skills will count.
Here are some additional details:
- All admin types can create a leaderboard for the school(s) that they have Analytics access for.
- Admins can create and view leaderboards under the Awards tab in the ‘Learning’ section of the website, just like teachers. Students and teachers can view school-wide leaderboards alongside teacher-created ones.
- Unlike in teacher-created leaderboards, students will only be able to see the top 20 students and themselves in a school-wide leaderboard. Teachers and admins are able to see the entire list of students.
New math skill plans
We’ve added the following new math skill plans:
- Eureka Math Squared Grades K-2
- Big Ideas Math FL B.E.S.T. Grade 4
- Envision FL B.E.S.T. Grade 6
- enVision Mathematics FL B.E.S.T. Grade 8
- Open Up Resources Algebra 1
- Open Up Geometry
We’ve also revised our Eureka Math Texas Grade 3 skill plan, as well as updated our Big Ideas Math 2019 Kindergarten skill plan to include many skills specifically tailored to that curriculum.
We’re particularly excited to be kicking off our alignments to the Eureka Math Squared series. You can look forward to more skill plans for this textbook series in the coming months.
New ELA skill plans
We released Grade K of Wit & Wisdom, which completes our coverage of this highly requested textbook with skill plans for grades K through 8. See all ELA skill plans here.
Games available for grades 3-5
We have added math and ELA games to grades 3-5 on IXL! Now IXL has over 120 educational games spanning across Pre-K through 5th grade.
Additionally, on the grade pages we’ve updated the “Jump to games” and “Jump to lessons” buttons for easy access to these learning resources, as you can see on the Fourth grade math page.
Just as before, teachers and parents are able to hide all games from all of their students via their profile & settings. Learn more in the IXL Help Center.
Math video tutorials for grade 4
Video tutorials are now available for grade 4! This initial release includes over 250 videos, covering more than half of the skills in grade 4 (including most of the Common Core-aligned skills). The remaining skills will have videos added soon. See one of the new videos here.
Student Summary report now includes option to print Diagnostic Action Plan
We hope the optional inclusion of the Diagnostic Action Plan will support a richer, more holistic discussion for teachers who use the Student Summary report during 1:1 meetings with parents, while saving teachers time from having to manually combine resources themselves.
New link to Skills Practiced report on the Teacher Dashboard
We’ve added a new link to the Skills Practiced report in the top section of the teacher Dashboard! The link shows the number of skills practiced this week and appears directly underneath the mountain chart.
Last Fall, we updated the Skills Practiced report to make it even more intuitive and engaging. Teachers who used the updated report have shared how useful it is, so we wanted to make sure all teachers could easily find the report!
More math skills with Spanish support
We’ve expanded our Spanish-language support to include a handful of new skills in grade 5 and Algebra 1, as well as a few new middle school skills about rational numbers. These newly supported skills involve topics such as multi-step word problems with frequency charts, multiplying improper fractions, and graphing rational numbers on number lines.