iLearn Math – The Positive Learning System

iLearn Math* is the mastery-based program that adapts to the needs of each student, and frees you up to monitor and work closely with the students who need it the most.

*In 2016-2017, iPASS became iLearn Math. iLearn Math includes the prescriptive approach (as discussed below) and can also deliver supplemental tech tools such as assignments and assessments.

How iLearn Math Works

iLearn Math can deliver math instruction from Kindergarten up through Algebra. It is prescriptive, meaning students do not manually select topics to learn, but rather are guided based on demonstrated proficiency to just the what they need to learn, starting with the earliest gap in knowledge identified in the placement process. Students begin with Placement Tests, which identify a student's lowest math gap (some students might start in 1st grade, others might start in 5th - it's all individual at the student level). After placement, students can skip over any content they already know by passing Challenge Tests. Students frequently move up quickly from their starting level. When a student cannot pass a Challenge Quiz, the student will see multimedia Lesson Instruction and complete Lesson Practice and Mastery tests. Mastery Tests at the end of each Chapter and Unit allow you to document and verify mastery of the content. Students advance by challenging past (i.e., skipping) the math they know and mastering the math they don’t. To read a more detailed description of how iLearn Math works, click the grey bar below to view an expanded description.

How iLearn Math Works (in detail)

iLearn Math will look slightly different for teachers than for students. To see the differences between students and teachers/administrators click the tabs below.

  • Teacher Access
  • Student access

Noticed that a few things look different for the 2016-2017 school year? Check out the What's New page to get more information.

Student Access

Students access iLearn Math by going to After logging in, students view the Hub.

iLearn Math Hub

To start in iLearn Math, students click "start." iLearn Math will then open and students will be presented with a screen showing their current location and activity in the program. 

Then, students simply click the play button in the lower right hand corner.

Activity in the Program

iLearn Math guides the student through the content they need to learn by identifying gaps. When a student experiences difficulty, particularly in Lesson Instruction and Lesson Practice we suggest teachers intervene and assist. However, we do not recommend teachers help students during tests (green background).

Teachers can see what activity a student is working in, like Lesson Instruction or Lesson Practice by the program interface.

At the top of the screen the program displays the current element (for example, above "Lesson Practice"). If it reads Lesson Practice, Lesson Instruction, Lesson Mixed Practice, Chapter Practice or Review we recommend teachers observe activity closely, and provide assistance where appropriate.

If the program displays Unit Challenge, Unit Mastery, Chapter Challenge, Chapter Mastery or Lesson Challenge Quiz (all elements with a green background) we recommend that teachers do not assist students when requested. If a student needs help passing a Chapter or Unit Mastery Test, we recommend teachers use their best judgment in helping a student, based on a review of the student's reports in the program. 

Program Interface

The program interface provides important information for both the student and the teacher.

Clicking the "i" button shows the title of the student's current Lesson.

This wheel shows a student's progress in the program. As the student correctly answers questions, each wedge on the wheel will highlight blue, showing their progress towards completing the Lesson Practice. The section inside the circle will change colors depending on the number of questions correctly answered by the student - green if the number of correct answers is 70%+, yellow for 40-69%, and red for 0-39%.

This section shows the student's location. Above, the student is working in A.3.5, which is Unit A, Chapter 3, Lesson 5. We also know from other screen information above, the student is in Lesson Practice. The numbers show the current page in the element.

When the screen turns red the student must click anywhere on screen within 30 seconds to return to the same page. If there is no interaction in 30 seconds, the student is logged out as indicated above.

In tests (green background) the Time indicator does represent the amount of time remaining in the test (except in Lesson Challenge Quizzes), however, all tests have a time limit of 120 minutes which is ample for any test in the program.

The points counter displays the total number of points in iLearn Math. Students earn points by progressing in the program. It's not the number of correct answers, but represents their location in the program.

The keypad is the on-screen tool for entering answers. Students may use the mouse to click the appropriate buttons to enter an answer. They can also use the computer's keyboard to answer questions. The keypad is not active in Lesson Instruction where attention is focused on multimedia presentations.

Some lessons require students to enter operands, variables, and/or symbols. Orange buttons will display dynamically when needed, to display characters that may be needed to answer.

The calculator is available in only some lessons where instructionally appropriate. We discourage the use of calculators other than the one available in the program.