ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Sheri-Lee Shaw
Newport, RI
Scenario: Supplement
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Accommodate Learning Disabilities
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 4 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 15 minutes per day, 4 days per week
Total Time Spent Per Course: 12 hours per course
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

ALEKS has been the best math program that my children have encountered. One twin cannot complete any work in the classroom due to an unidentifiable medical condition, yet he loves ALEKS; it allows him to excel and gives him critical confidence in math that he has lost. He would like the school to provide ALEKS for him rather than the traditional math curriculum. The other twin has just tested into the gifted program with very high scores on the math portion of the exam. ALEKS has been the only program to keep him challenged in math. We have been quite pleased with ALEKS.   

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

The school did not have any programs to offer my gifted twin at his age, and their enrichment programs did not challenge him. My other twin had difficulty comprehending the traditional classroom math curriculum.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

We wanted a solid educational course that would allow my students to accelerate at their own pace.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

My students use ALEKS solely on their own, outside of the regular math curriculum, in order to advance math skills beyond traditional program.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My gifted son has outperformed every student in the class in every math game. He has also corrected teachers on material in the advanced enrichment program they try to provide him with. The reporting in ALEKS has made me aware of how gifted my son is, by showing the rate that he is learning new concepts. He has always self-taught himself successfully in all subject areas, but through ALEKS, I can see how he approaches learning and track his progress.

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

My son was on a mission to get to Algebra and other college level courses, and ALEKS was the first program that helped him to accomplish that. Both twins have grown tremendously confident in their math skills. I only wish the school had such success in teaching and instilling a love of math with their own curriculum.