For most students and teachers, that first-day-of-school excitement is still several weeks away. But as a district or school leader, you likely already have your pencils sharpened and at the ready. Now is the perfect time to assemble your game plan for the coming year.
How can you ensure each classroom is primed for success? Start with the data. To bolster your planning, IXL School Analytics provides the detailed insights you need to support teachers and boost student achievement at every level. Plus, insights are immediate, so you can keep an eye on key trends throughout the year.
Here’s how you can use IXL’s building-level reports to start the year strong.
Teacher Engagement Report
What it does: The Teacher Engagement report allows you to see how teachers are using IXL and offers strategies to boost school-wide usage in order to meet those goals.
The journey to reaching school-wide achievement goals begins with engaging, motivating, and preparing teachers with the resources they need to boost growth. This report shows you the percentage of teachers who have reached each of the four stages of IXL usage, from set up to fully engaged, and helps you determine what to do next to guide them toward success.
Here are a few ways to use the Teacher Engagement report to kick off a successful school year:
- Communicate a goal with teachers for reaching each stage of usage.
- Monitor their progress towards the goal.
- Share resources at the top of the report to help teachers accomplish each stage until they’ve reached Engaged Use.
School Achievement Report
What it does: The School Achievement report offers a clear picture of a school’s usage and how that usage compares to research-based practices for implementation.
Recognizing student achievement and success is essential for establishing a strong school culture that lasts all year.
Let’s take a look at one of several charts included on the report: the IXL Effect. The IXL Effect highlights, week-by-week, whether students are meeting the research-based goal of answering at least 15 questions per week. Research shows that answering at least 15 questions per week—or reaching proficiency in 2 skills per week—has a measurable impact on student outcomes.
Here are some things to think about as you set goals with the IXL Effect in mind:
- Establish a goal for the number of questions students should answer each week.
- Plan when and where students will use IXL i.e, intervention time, every Friday afternoon, daily practice for skill reinforcement, etc.
- Monitor and celebrate student success using the IXL Effect.
Diagnostic Levels Report
What it does: On this report, administrators will see the number of students who have completed their Snapshot and the percentage of students who are on, above, or below grade level.
Knowing exactly where students are at the beginning of the year allows you to track their growth year-round. The Diagnostic Levels report allows administrators to monitor data from IXL’s Diagnostic Snapshots and provides valuable insight into schoolwide and grade level-proficiency levels.
Here are several ways to use the Diagnostic Levels report to inform planning and guide data-driven conversations.
- Schedule a Snapshot window at the beginning of the year to identify students’ initial levels.
- Discuss data from the Diagnostic Levels report in individual or grade-level team meetings.
- Plan next steps based on Diagnostic results and use student action plans to determine their specific needs.
- Teachers could consider creating intervention groups based on students’ grade-level proficiency. Note: Share this guide with your teachers to help them dive into classroom data!
Progress and Growth Report
What it does: The Progress and Growth report provides a high level overview of student performance on common goal posts throughout the year, including IXL skill practice and overall knowledge levels.
As an administrator, you’re not only interested in students reaching their goals—you want to see how far they’ve come. Administrators can use this report to monitor growth goals set at the beginning of the year and get insight into whether grade levels are meeting those goals.
Here are a few ways to use the Progress and Growth report.
- At the beginning of the year, work with leadership or grade level teams to set appropriate growth goals for the year.
- We recommend at least 10 growth points per month, which is equivalent to 100 points of growth by the end of the school year.
- Get students involved, and help them track their own diagnostic progress using the Diagnostic Tracking Worksheet.
- Have monthly meetings with grade level teams to discuss whether goals were met and share best practices and strategies for reaching those goals.