Create a personalized learning plan for your child

IXL has more than 10,000 skills across PK-12 subjects to help every learner reach their full potential. Did you know that IXL can create a personalized plan of the exact skills that will help your child grow from where they are?

IXL’s Real-Time Diagnostic shows you exactly what your child knows in math and language arts. Then, it creates a personalized action plan of the perfect skills to practice next. These skills are tailored to your child’s unique needs, helping them to fill in any knowledge gaps and make more progress, faster!

Let’s take a look at how the Real-Time Diagnostic can super-charge your child’s learning, and how to get started.

Benefits of the Real-Time Diagnostic

See your child’s knowledge levels

Do you want to see exactly what your child knows and what they’re ready to learn next? The Real-Time Diagnostic can help! It will pinpoint your child’s current knowledge levels in math and language arts, helping you ensure that they’re on track for their grade level. It also breaks down each subject into specific topic areas, providing even more detail on exactly what your child understands and what they still need to work on.

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Get personalized skill recommendations

Based on their knowledge levels, your child will receive personalized recommendations of the perfect skills to practice next for maximum growth. Each of these skills will meet your child where they are, helping them to gain knowledge and confidence as they learn. Recommended skills can help learners figure out a concept they’re having trouble with, or challenge them to build on a skill they’re excelling in.

To promote growth, IXL recommends that learners reach a SmartScore of 80 in one skill each week. You can let your child pick the skill and choose how to work through their plan, empowering them to have a more active role in their ongoing learning journey. Plus, you can rest assured they’ll always have skills to work on that challenge them at just the right level.

How to use the Real-Time Diagnostic

By following just a few steps, you can take full advantage of IXL’s Real-Time Diagnostic!

1. Answer questions in the Diagnostic arena

First, your child will show what they know by answering questions in IXL’s Diagnostic arena! This works a lot like practicing skills on IXL, but there are a couple of key differences:

  • If your learner doesn’t know the answer to a question, they can click the button in the bottom-right corner of the question box that says “I don’t know this yet.”
  • Your child will periodically get to choose which question they’d like to answer, keeping them actively engaged in their learning experience.

The Diagnostic takes about an hour per subject to fully identify your child’s knowledge levels, but it doesn’t need to be done in one sitting. Your child can always take a break and all of their progress will be saved! You’ll know your child has pinpointed their knowledge levels when IXL informs you that their diagnostic is complete.

Image showing the screen that pops up when a learner is done working in the Diagnostic. Text on the screen reads "Your diagnostic is currently complete!" Underneath is a prominent green button that says "Reveal your levels," and under that is a sentence that says "You can continue diagnosing to reveal more recommendations."

2. Follow the personalized action plan

After your child answers questions in the Real-Time Diagnostic, IXL will create a Diagnostic Action Plan for them! You can access this plan by selecting the “Print Diagnostic Action Plan” button at the bottom of the Assessment tab.

The Diagnostic Action Plan will show your child’s overall level of knowledge for math and language arts. It also breaks each subject down into specific topic areas, giving you even more insight into how they’re doing in each.

An example of the IXL Diagnostic Action Plan. It shows a number representing the learner

A learner’s diagnostic level corresponds to their grade level. For example, a level of 400 means that the learner is ready to start working on 4th-grade skills, while a level of 450 means that they are about halfway through the 4th-grade curriculum. This makes it easy to see the exact areas where your child is ahead or on grade level, as well as areas that can use more attention.

Levels can be either a star or range. If you’re seeing a range, it means that your learner should continue answering diagnostic questions so that the diagnostic can pinpoint their exact level. Once a level is a star, this means that their current knowledge level has been pinpointed.

Under each section, there will be a list of recommended skills. Practicing these skills will help your child make progress, whether they’re working through their weaknesses or learning new concepts!

3. Keep levels up to date

By having your child answer 10 to 15 diagnostic questions each week, the Diagnostic will continue to give you up-to-date information on their knowledge, as well as fresh recommendations for what to work on.

The IXL Diagnostic provides the exact skills to meet your child’s unique needs, helping them move forward with confidence and make meaningful progress.