What’s new on IXL – September 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 the teacher notification center, new reports for District Analytics, math video tutorials for all grade 4 skills, and more! To stay current with our latest major updates, follow IXL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Plus, watch a video that highlights our biggest new releases from this back-to-school season!

New features

Teacher notification center

We’ve released the teacher notification center – a simple and lightweight way for teachers to get helpful updates, reminders, and insights into their class’ progress. It’s accessible from a new bell icon in the main green navigation menu for teachers who are signed into their accounts. Clicking on the icon will open a dropdown menu where teachers can view their notifications.

IXL teacher notifications center

There are a few different types of notifications:

  • Class progress: IXL notifications will help make it easier for teachers to stay up to date on their classes. Teachers will see all of the new milestones their students have reached so they can monitor their learners’ hard work and celebrate their success. Teachers will also receive notifications if a large group of students is stuck on the same trouble spot in an IXL skill, so they’ll know right when to step in and address any misunderstandings.
  • Reminders: Teachers will receive reminders for the Diagnostic Snapshot, including when a Snapshot window is about to open and which students have not completed their Snapshot before a window closes. They’ll also be notified when an IXL Leaderboard competition ends.
  • New teacher tools: IXL is constantly adding new features to support teachers and students. Teachers will receive notifications about the latest teacher tools available, as well as upcoming opportunities such as our fun seasonal contests, free webinars, IXL Live events, and more.

Additionally, teachers are able to customize their preferences to unsubscribe from specific notifications, so they only receive updates that are most helpful to them.

New District Analytics reports

Administrators now have four new diagnostic reports for District Analytics! These new reports give district and multi-school administrators even more insight and control over student knowledge levels.

The four new reports are:

  • Diagnostic Levels: Quickly identify students that are on, above, or below grade level, as well as those who are in an assessment window or have yet to pinpoint their levels. 
  • Diagnostic Tier Analysis: View the exact students within a specific performance bucket (above grade, on grade, below grade, etc) and their diagnostic levels.
  • Diagnostic Strands: Drill down into performance by strands. From Numbers & Operations to Writing Strategies, see average student performance for a single grade level.
  • Snapshot Growth: For schools conducting benchmarking with the Diagnostic Snapshot, the Snapshot Growth report makes it simple to visualize progress for all completed Snapshots in a single school year.
Four new District Analytics administrator reports

Each report has the same easy-to-read format, with clear visuals, advanced filtering, and a searchable table to pull key student, teacher, and classroom information. Plus, once administrators have honed in on the exact data they need, all reports can be downloaded as a shareable .CSV file.

Learn to Read skill plan: Level 2

We’ve added Level 2 to the IXL Learn to Read skill plan. Learn to Read is a day-by-day plan that guides students through the foundational skills they need to start reading successfully. Level 2 picks up where Level 1 ended, giving students practice decoding short vowel words with blends and digraphs. It also teaches long vowel words with silent e and vowel digraphs, and continues to teach new high-frequency words.

By the end of the plan, students will be able to read short texts with both short and long vowel words. This skill plan can be found in the Spotlight section of the skill plan landing page here.

New math topic: Fact fluency

We have added a new “fact fluency” topic for math. This topic includes skills from Kindergarten to 4th grade that build fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. You can check out the new topic here!

Updated features

New “Did not finish” category in Screener Levels reports for schools and districts

We have added a new “Did not finish” category to the universal screener Screener Levels report in School and District Analytics. This categorization is for students who left the screener before answering enough questions to be classified as above, on, below, or far below grade level. These students will now be distinguishable from those in the “Not started” category, which denotes students who have not entered the screener yet.

ACT WorkKeys Workplace Documents (and new ELA skills)

We’ve expanded our ACT WorkKeys skill plan to cover the Workplace Documents section of the exam, which assesses students’ ability to read and use documents such as memos, letters, and policies.

This skill plan features four skills that were designed specifically with workplace success and the WorkKeys exam in mind: 

These skills help students prepare for the documents they’ll encounter on the ACT WorkKeys exam, while also strengthening the reading comprehension skills that are necessary for success in the workplace.

Complete math video tutorial coverage for grade 4!

We’ve released 66 new math video tutorials to complete our coverage for grade 4! We’ve also released 13 new geometry videos and four new middle school videos to expand coverage in those grades. These videos cover topics such as financial institution vocabulary and solving a special right triangle.

More math skills with Spanish support

We’ve broadened our Spanish-language support to include a few dozen new math skills in grades Pre-K to Geometry. These newly supported skills cover topics such as the shapes of everyday objects, interpreting slopes and y-intercepts of linear functions, ordering rational numbers, and proofs involving triangles.