The IXL Story

IXL Learning was founded in 1998 when Quia Web was released, 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.

Since then, IXL has worked to develop educational technologies that people can't live without. The second product, Quia Books, was a highly interactive online textbook and workbook platform created specifically for language learning. Released in 2001, at a time when e-books weren't much more than PDF readers, Quia Books supported immersive, online workbook exercises with real-time feedback and an intelligent grading system.

Combining the best of computer learning and traditional classroom instruction, Quia Books allowed publishers to mix and match closed-ended, computer-scorable questions with open-ended questions that are gradable by students' actual instructors. To date, more than 450 secondary- and higher-education language textbooks have been published on the Quia Books platform. These books are used in language courses ranging from Spanish and French to Chinese, Latin, and Arabic.

In 2007, the attention turned to math when IXL was introduced,  a groundbreaking platform and curriculum for K–12 math education. IXL delivers a deeply engaging learning experience and covers more than 3,700 distinct math topics. Questions are algorithmically generated, meaning students will never see the same question twice no matter how long they practice. Following this success, IXL expanded in 2013 to include English language arts and unlimited, targeted practice of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

In 2015, science and social studies were introduced, which provides expertly crafted content to challenge students to think critically, evaluates primary sources, and engages their innate curiosity. With the recent launch of Spanish in 2017, new heights were reached by offering an engaging way for world language learners to develop fluency in vocabulary, grammar, and other foundational skills, and the confidence to express themselves in real-life interactions. IXL is now used by 1 in every 9 U.S. school children and by 350,000 teachers, as well as at home by families worldwide.