Learning List has reviewed IXL Learning’s supplemental resources for grade 5 math. IXL Learning is an online program that enables students to practice mathematics skills in an individualized learning environment. Mathematics resources are available for grades K-12 and address the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). IXL resources support guided and independent practice. Students work at their own pace to complete interactive problems tailored to individual learning needs. Independent work is encouraged through a system of points and rewards.
IXL’s mathematics content is organized by overarching skill categories (e.g., Division) and specific skills (e.g., Estimate quotients). For each skill, students work through problem sets that adapt to address gaps in learning and gradually increase in difficulty. Student dashboards display the number of problems attempted, the time elapsed during the current session, and the student’s “SmartScore.”
The SmartScore is IXL’s proprietary, algorithm-based measure of student proficiency. SmartScores range from 0 to 100 and are broken into seven proficiency levels ranging from “Not Practiced” to “Mastered. Students earn ribbons and rewards for achieving SmartScore levels that require a score of 70 or higher. Students also earn “virtual prizes” (e.g., a scooter) for achieving specific goals, such as practicing for an hour or mastering specific skills. SmartScore data and other information collected through IXL’s reporting tools help teacher identify and address learning gaps.
About IXL Learning*
IXL Learning was founded in 1998 when we released Quia Web, the first website that allowed teachers and learners to create and share customized study materials. The initial version featured three formats: a matching game, a concentration game, and flash cards. Soon after, quizzes were added, along with a dozen more game types. The concept was an overnight success, and Quia Web quickly became one of the most popular education sites in the early days of the internet.
Our attention turned toward math in 2007, when we introduced IXL, a groundbreaking platform and curriculum for K–12 math education. As the world’s most comprehensive math practice program, IXL covers more than 3,500 distinct math topics in a progression from pre-kindergarten to high school. All questions—even word problems—are algorithmically generated, meaning that every question is unique, and students never see repeats no matter how long they practice. For teachers, IXL provides unparalleled insight into student performance through business-caliber reports and data analysis tools. In 2013, we expanded IXL to include English Language Arts, offering unlimited, targeted practice of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. In 2015, we added two new subjects, science and social studies, which provide expertly crafted content to challenge students to think critically, evaluate primary sources, and engage their innate curiosity. IXL is now used by 1 in every 10 U.S. school children and by 200,000 teachers, as well as at home by families worldwide.
*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from IXL Learning.
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