Hardin County Board of Education: IXL Implementation
Will the use of IXL increase student engagement and retention as measured by hours of distance learning AND result in an increase in student gains?
We decided to use IXL to increase student engagement and retention. We chose it because:
of how phone-friendly it is especially for Distance Learners
it is the newest state provided resource
we thought there would be significant reward and feedback for our students
the correlation to TABE was encouraging
All counties incorporated IXL Although not at the same level of intensity.
Total teacher engagement/buy-in for IXL. To be honest, this was the first time we all worked so intently on ONE product. Yes, we still have our SME, but all instructors have learned mastery of this product. All new resources should be given this much attention!
At least 6 GED®s were from IXL users
Conducted our own consortium PD via ZOOM and in-person
Using IXL correlations created to math skill to GED® indicators
Success stories from our students
This was an especially great product to use at the jail
Dedicated time to work on product for all
Staff meetings per month alternating with PLC meetings
The students would use the IXL recommendations instead of the instructor recommendation and therefore would waste time on the wrong skills
Normal “hiccups” with working with a new program..setting up and entering students, making recommendations….taking a lot of time
Trying to get students to use it was not easy at times
Meeting MSG/GED goals
Need data collection of use by teacher and teacher feedback. This feedback will be critical. Each instructor needs to evaluate their students’ use and results. Was this an IXL success or was IXL a secondary player?
Conduct a student use survey
Need a resource for Social Studies/Science/RLA.,
Explore use of IXL diagnostic test
continue to incorporate IXL use with boot camps and other strategies to get students to GED®/MSG/other goals
Increase use for TABE gains
Explore using it in some way for paraeducator instruction and/or NCRC? As we can no longer use WIN to help people prepare for the NCRC, IXL might be the program that CAN provide the needed instruction for those preparing for these two occupational exams.