A Year with IXL: Voices Academies Final Takeaways

Students, teachers, and the principal reflect on the year’s successes

September 11, 2017

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In the Classroom, For Admins

Voices Academies, a K-8 charter school in San Jose, has recently completed its first year with IXL! Keep reading to hear about how IXL has made a difference in its classrooms—or check out the video series about their journey here.

In its first year using IXL, Voices Academies’ teachers and students have become some of its biggest fans. Teacher Karissa Gonzalez appreciated how IXL facilitates independent skill practice for students, freeing up time for her to work individually and in small groups with students that were struggling with the material.  

IXL has also helped 5th grade teacher Perry Siniard prepare his class for 6th grade and beyond. As the school year came to an end, he focused on reinforcing key concepts and reviewing skills that are the foundation for more advanced material that his students will soon encounter. Perry noted that IXL helped him feel confident that his lessons were focused and effective, aligned with both school and state standards.

Students liked that IXL was able to challenge them without fear of failure. When he was struggling with fractions, 7th grader Nigel Williams benefited from the thorough explanations and extra practice at home. Now fractions are one of his favorite topics! Third grader Amy Zabalda also loved using IXL in classroom. She is already looking forward to using IXL to learn about degrees and decimals.

IXL isn’t just making an impact inside the classroom: principal Charles Miller has been encouraged by parents’ interest in following along with their student’s learning. He and his teachers saw improvements in test scores, but IXL’s benefits extended beyond higher grades. Charles believes IXL has helped students feel confident and empowered to challenge themselves, and to see learning as an ongoing process.

You can look back on Voices’ first year using IXL here.

You can watch the entire Voices Academies video series here!

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