School districts will have access to the virtual math program at no cost
The Kansas State Department of Education announced today that it has entered into a contract with IXL Learning to provide schools with a free supplemental curriculum that can help Kansas students improve their math skills.
A bill passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2022 set aside $4 million for a virtual math program. The state submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) and IXL Learning was awarded the two-year contract.
IXL’s math curriculum, along with professional development for educators, will be available free of charge to all public and accredited private schools in Kansas, K-12, through June 30, 2024.
IXL Math is aligned to Kansas standards and is evidence based. It offers personalized learning with a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, personalized guidance, and real-time analytics. IXL’s curriculum is based on over 9,000 skills that are structured to help each student identify their specific areas of need. Because IXL Math is custom built to Kansas standards, teachers will be able to know exactly what students should be working on to meet key benchmarks.
“The Kansas State Department of Education has thoroughly reviewed IXL Math and we believe it is a good option for Kansas school systems to consider,” said Deputy Education Commissioner Dr. Ben Proctor.
Currently, one in four Kansas students already uses the IXL program for math, English language arts, science and social studies, according to www.ixl.com, and nearly 150 accredited public and private systems already have the virtual math platform. In the past school year, Kansas students collectively mastered 2,886,952 skills and gained proficiency in 4,482,551 skills using math, English, science, and/or social studies plans through IXL.
IXL Math covers three aspects of rigor and helps students master conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and contextual application. An IXL research report also shows that students who have used IXL for math and/or English perform better on Kansas assessments.
Systems already using IXL will be provided a credit towards an extension of their current IXL Math subscription. Districts interested in the new supplemental education program can contact KSDE at [email protected] for more information.
The Kansas State Department of Education (www.ksde.org) provides leadership and support for student learning through oversight of a variety of state and federal programs designed to provide access and services to all K-12 students in Kansas and to improve teaching strategies. KSDE ensures compliance with all state and federal education laws and regulations.
Currently used by 14 million students and in 95 of the top 100 school districts in the United States, IXL is an all-inclusive education platform that provides comprehensive PK-12 curriculum and learning resources, actionable analytics, and a state-of-the-art assessment suite. IXL’s end-to-end teaching and learning solution supports personalized instruction in math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. With over 110 billion questions asked and answered worldwide, IXL is helping schools and parents successfully improve student achievement. The IXL Learning family of products also includes Rosetta Stone, Wyzant, Education.com, ABCya, Vocabulary.com, Curiosity Media and Emmersion. To learn more about IXL, visit www.ixl.com, facebook.com/IXL and twitter.com/IXLlearning.