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 Quizzes, a new Diagnostic Levels widget on the District Dashboard, social studies standards skill plans for all 50 states, and more! To stay current with our latest major updates, follow IXL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Table of contents
- Major features
- Feature updates
- Skill plan updates and new skills
- Additional releases
Teachers can use new IXL Quizzes to create custom assessments based on one or more IXL skills for their students! Quizzes empower teachers to quickly and easily evaluate their students’ learning, and quiz results can reveal shared trouble spots as well as help teachers create small groups for targeted reteaching.
When creating a quiz, teachers simply choose a skill, a question difficulty level, and the number of questions they’d like to add, and IXL will automatically generate quiz questions.
IXL Quizzes also come with two new reports to display results. The Quiz Results report shows the overall performance of the students who took the quiz, while individual student reports will let teachers drill down and see more detailed data for specific students.
To find IXL Quizzes, teachers can sign into IXL and go to the new Quizzes tab in the My IXL section.
We’ve added a new widget on the District Dashboard which shows Diagnostic Levels data at a glance (outlined in red below). Here, you can get a quick, high-level breakdown of where students fall in math and ELA diagnostic scores. Click the widget to see the full Diagnostic Levels report.
English language arts awards are now available for Android tablets! Like the awards on the web and iPad, students can collect stickers, stamps, balloon animals and more by reaching various milestones.
We have added audio to the ELA explanations in the earliest four years of IXL (equivalent to US Pre-K to 2nd grade) for the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Singapore, and South Africa! This audio support allows the youngest students in these countries to learn and practice ELA independently, and to get the in-the-moment support they need.
Skill plan updates and new skills
We now have social studies skill plans aligned to all 50 states’ standards (plus Washington D.C.)! This means we now offer standards plans for all four subjects in every U.S. state. Check out one of the new plans here!
We’ve added Level 3 to the IXL Learn to Read skill plan. This day-by-day plan guides students through the foundational skills they need to start reading successfully.
Level 3 picks up where Level 2 ended, giving students practice decoding long vowel words. In addition, Level 3 teaches advanced long vowel patterns, r-vowel patterns, diphthongs, vowel digraphs with variant sounds, and continues to teach new high-frequency words. Students also practice decoding and spelling multisyllabic words. By the end, students will be able to read texts with a variety of vowel patterns and multisyllabic words.
This skill plan can be found in the Spotlight section of the skill plan landing page.
We’ve added the following new math skill plans:
- Progress in Mathematics Kindergarten
- Digits Texas Grade 8
- EdGems Algebra 1
- Into Geometry
- Into Math Algebra 2
- Elementary Statistics: Picturing the World
- EdGems Math FL B.E.S.T. Grade 6, Grade 6 Accelerated, and Grade 7 Accelerated
- Florida Reveal Math Grade 6 Accelerated and Grade 7 Accelerated
- Into Math FL B.E.S.T. Grade 7
We also completed skill plans for enVision Mathematics FL B.E.S.T. Grades 3 and 4 and Into Math FL B.E.S.T. Grade 7 Accelerated.
Additionally, we extensively revised the following skill plans to include many skills specifically tailored to the curricula:
- Investigations 3 Grades 2 and 3
- HMH Texas Geometry
- HMH Algebra 2 (AGA, Texas, and California editions)
We have added the following new ELA skill plans:
- CKLA Grade 3 modules 1-5 (modules 6-11 are coming soon)
- EL Education Grades 3-5
- Pearson Literature Grades 7 and 8
- Escalate English Grades 5 and 7
We also updated the following skill plans with some of our newest skills:
- ReadyGEN Grades 5 and 6
The UK edition of IXL now offers skill plans! These skill plans cover national curriculum and test prep for both math and English, giving teachers the power to easily find and suggest exactly the right skills to their students. As in the US edition, UK users can pin skill plans for students, print skill plans, and suggest individual skills within a skill plan.
The specific skill plans are:
- Mathematics and English national curricula for all levels in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales
- Mathematics and English for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams
- Mathematics for A and AS level exams
These skill plans are accessible to all users on the UK edition under the Learning tab.
We added three new phonics skills for grade 3: Spell the digraph or trigraph word: ph, wr, mb, kn, wh, dge, tch, Spell words with vowel diphthong patterns, and Spell words with variant vowels: oo, ou, ow, ea. These skills help students strengthen their understanding of orthography, or writing conventions, to improve their reading and writing.
We added two new science skills for middle school: Factors affecting climate: latitude and Factors affecting climate: distance from the ocean. These skills introduce students to two of the many factors that affect regional climate, and give students practice interpreting graphs and diagrams.
Video tutorials are now available for grade 3! This initial release features over 200 videos covering more than half of the grade 3 skills, including most of the Common Core aligned skills. Check out our videos on division input/output tables and using bar graphs to solve problems. The remaining grade 3 skills will have videos added in the coming weeks.
We’ve expanded our Spanish-language support to include a few dozen more math skills across elementary school, middle school, and Geometry. These newly supported skills include addition word problems, understanding integers, and converting between recursive and explicit formulas for sequences.