ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Nancy Loughran
Crestview, FL
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Improve Skills, Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-60 minutes per day, 5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

ALEKS has saved our year! My daughter refused to study math and was almost a year behind. Now that we have ALEKS, she works eagerly and even puts in extra time.

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

My daughter loathed the repetition of textbooks. They were boring, improperly paced, and did not hold her attention. Additionally, her knowledge gaps made it difficult to succeed and she began to view math as a punishment.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a complete and comprehensive program; one that could guarantee skill mastery without multiple choice questions, and without being too threatening. It was really important that I find a program that was fun and engaging, but that also met our state standards, recorded and reported progress to the parents, and allowed my daughter to set her own pace.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

We started using ALEKS as a supplement, but almost immediately realized that ALEKS was the superior choice. ALEKS has been our core curriculum since.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Before using ALEKS, my daughter scored in the second percentile on her standardized tests. After only half of a year with ALEKS, she is testing at the 85th percentile.

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

My daughter is thrilled with her progress in ALEKS, especially when she completes a pie slice. She is so much more willing to try new problems now, and views math as a healthy challenge instead of a punishment.