ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

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Timothy Christian School, Private
Elmhurst, IL

Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 18 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Amy Ahlenius, Teacher
I have been pleased with the ALEKS math program for my third grade students. I use it as a supplemental tool to our textbook. I especially like the individualized learning and progress that can easily monitored by me and the student. There are many features on this program that make it a great assessment tool to monitor the progress of all my students. It is also individualized so I do not have to worry about differentiation because it caters to the ability level of each of my students!


Scenario

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Sometimes we give ALEKS as homework or print off the worksheets.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I follow our textbook's curriculum.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My students log on to ALEKS for 30 minutes twice a week.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I haven't modified that much. I help my lower level students with concepts I see them struggling with in ALEKS either in small groups or through some one-on-one time.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We encourage 60 minutes a week at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
This is hard. Some parents love it; others don't monitor their child so it doesn't get done.


Grading

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?
It is about 75 percent of the homework load.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We haven't attempted this yet.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Not currently.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Since I use this program to supplement my curriculum, I have noticed students are more familiar with concepts I am teaching. "Oh yeah, that was in ALEKS" is often heard when I start a new unit. I feel the students are more motivated to complete their pie and succeed in learning math. They also enjoy QuickTables and the games that are the rewards. I like that I can monitor log-in time and see the bars of progress a student has made since the last assessment.