What’s new on IXL – August 2022

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 IXL’s universal screener, the new Learn to Read skill plan, a navigation update for the IXL website, math video tutorials for Geometry, and more! To stay current with our latest major updates, follow IXL on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

New features

IXL universal screener

IXL’s universal screener—which flags at-risk students to help educators plan for intervention—is now available! Our universal screener identifies at-risk students in just 20 minutes. In less than a single class period, you’ll know which students need additional support.

Primary and lead administrators can set up a screener by signing into IXL and navigating to the admin settings page. Under the “Assessment Windows” section, administrators can create, edit, or delete screener windows. Once you’ve created a screener window, remind teachers to have students complete their screener before the set deadline. You can share our universal screener teacher guide to help them get started, and we have a guide for admins as well!

Here’s how you can use the IXL universal screener to simplify intervention planning: 

  • Schedule a screener for the beginning of the school year for early identification of students who are not meeting grade-level standards. 
  • Use the Universal Screener report to flag at-risk students and guide data-driven discussions.
  • Create intervention groups based on grade-level proficiency. 
  • Schedule screener windows throughout the year and adjust groupings as needed based on results. The IXL screener can be used up to five times per school year, offering maximum opportunity for identifying at-risk students.

IXL’s universal screener is complimentary with all math site licenses. Alternatively, the screener can be purchased as a standalone assessment tool without an IXL license.

Image of Universal Screener Levels for admins

IXL Learn to Read skill plan

We’ve added a new skill plan, IXL Learn to Read: Level 1. This day-by-day plan guides students through the foundational skills they need to start reading successfully—from phonological awareness and letter-sound associations to CVC words, blends and digraphs, and high-frequency words. By the end of the skill plan, students should be able to read simple sentences with short vowel words. 

This skill plan is appropriate for early learners as well as older students who need reading remediation, like students with dyslexia. Check out the skill plan here.

Updated features

IXL navigation

We’ve updated the navigation on the US edition of IXL to make it easier to access all of the features we offer. There are several parts to this update:

My IXL tab for teachers

We’ve added a new tab called ‘My IXL’ for signed-in teachers. The My IXL tab is a teacher’s hub for using IXL in their classroom—it contains their teacher dashboard, roster, teaching tools (like Live Classroom, Group Jam, and Leaderboards), and resources to get started with IXL.

Hover menu

Several tabs in the navigation bar will display a dropdown menu when you hover over them with your mouse. This hover menu shows all of the pages and features that live in the tab, allowing you to easily see all of IXL’s offerings at a glance. We’ve added the hover menu to the following tabs:

  • Learning (for all users)
  • My IXL (only for teachers)
  • Analytics (only for teachers)

Other updates

We’ve also made several smaller updates to the navigation experience, including grouping the reports in Admin Analytics, renaming the Diagnostic tab “Assessment,” and redesigning the white navigation tabs underneath the green main navigation bar.

Image showing the new My IXL tab and hover menu

Dedicated pages for lessons, games, and skills

We’ve added new pages where you can find a specific type of instructional content (skills, lessons, or games) for each grade.

The grade pages still show all skills, games, and lessons for the grade, but in addition to that, we now have separate pages for:

These new pages will make it easier to share lessons and games.

Math video tutorials for Geometry

Video tutorials are now available for Geometry! This initial release features over 140 videos covering more than half of the skills in Geometry, including most of the Common Core-aligned skills. Check out some examples, such as our videos on transformations that carry a polygon onto itself and constructing a tangent line to a circle. We’re working to add videos to the rest of our Geometry skills.

Additionally, we’ve released 42 new grade 4 videos.

Launch a Group Jam from Trouble Spots report

Teachers can now launch a Group Jam directly from the Trouble Spots report! When a teacher identifies a group of students stuck in a Trouble Spot, the teacher is able to launch a Group Jam for those students in the Trouble Spot’s exact skill and difficulty level, providing another way to implement targeted small group instruction.

Image showing a Start Group Jam button on the Trouble Spots report

Student Summary report now includes Real-Time Diagnostic levels

Teachers can now view Real-Time Diagnostic data in the Student Summary report. With this additional data, teachers can have a richer discussion about student growth when talking with parents.

More math skills with Spanish support

We’ve expanded our Spanish-language support to include over 50 new math skills in Kindergarten through Algebra 1. These newly supported skills include Checkpoints about polynomial operations, identifying fractions equivalent to 1, creating line plots, decomposing numbers, and more.

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