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San Jacinto Valley Academy, Private
San Jacinto, CA
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Special Education, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 33%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 128 hours per term
ALEKS Course: All Math Courses
Paul Huynh, Vice President of Instruction
We have students on ALEKS all year long and it is a great program when used appropriately. We use the program as a remedial course for some students and to advance the other students. ALEKS has helped most of our students achieve in math for their grade level.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students are all at different levels. This program diagnoses students' abilities and their gaps.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We implemented ALEKS into our math skill classes and students are also able to work in the classroom.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We do rotations with ALEKS and also schedule time within the period.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students work in ALEKS for 20 minutes a day at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We inform parents about ALEKS during our parent conferences.
Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
In some cases, but not all.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We use ALEKS as a supplementary course and don't incorporate it into our grading system.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. We measure students' progress and achievement at every quarter.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
ALEKS has helped most of our students achieve in math for their grade level. The parents love the program because it is free for them and their kids are able to access at home.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Our math teachers use a dual process with direct instruction and computer supplements.