Teacher Review for IXL

Good Skill Reinforcement - Horrible Company

Christina G.
Special education instructor
Whiting Community School District
Whiting, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Special needs
How I Use It
I work with students who are in the general education environment but sometimes don't learn the concepts presented as quickly as their peers. IXL is a great skill and drill tool to reinforce those skills.
My Take
I loved the free trial version. I loved the data it was returning. My students were enjoying the computer-based tool. Then I saw the price and cringed. I work in a tiny rural k-12 school with less than 350 students in it. I am the only person in the school who is likely to use the program so I need 10 student licenses at best. I emailed for a quote and was given a price of $299 a year for 25 licenses. I explained my restrictions and they came back with a counteroffer of 10 student licenses on a "family plan" for $439 a year. I'm a teacher for god's sake, do they really think I'm that stupid? Why would anyone purchase a program from a company that is willing to con schools out of valuable resources? Please do not make any purchases from this company. They are scamming schools out of money and treating educators like idiots.