ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from homeschoolers who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.

Maria Kirkbride
Winchester, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Remediation
Time Spent in ALEKS: 60 minutes per day, 2-3 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

ALEKS has been a wonderful experience for my daughter and I am absolutely thrilled with her progress! She was nearly three years behind in math prior to ALEKS. She has shown consistent, continuous progress toward math mastery, and will be at grade-level by the end of the semester!

What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?

There were huge holes in the instruction my daughter received over the years. She was assessed several times, yet her teachers were very lax in targeting instruction to fill in the gaps in her learning.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for targeted assessment and delivery of pertinent information and instruction without lengthy rote learning.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

ALEKS is the core math curriculum for my daughter's homeschool days. She also attends an onsite program three days per week where direct instruction is provided.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Since my daughter began using ALEKS, she has shown consistent, continuous progress towards grade-level math mastery.

How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?

My daughter is showing a definite appreciation for math because of ALEKS. Because she can see her progress in the ALEKS Pie Chart, she has become more motivated to continue on. She now realizes the importance of mathematics, even if it doesn't come easily.

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other ALEKS users?

I offer frequent praise. We put up her test results and pie chart on the refrigerator and talk about her success as it applies to her academic future. I genuinely appreciate her effort and tell her so.