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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Holy Trinity Elementary School, Private
West Point, IA

Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Foundations of High School Math

Linda Peitz, Sixth Grade Teacher
I am pleased with the ALEKS program. I like how it lets my students work at their own level and own pace. This is our second year and I am getting better at utilizing the reports and assigning assessments.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our biggest concerns were computation and number sense.

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?
N/A


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We were introduced to it through our regional area education agency.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students are allowed to choose topics for themselves.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I try to assign an assessment every 2-3 weeks; otherwise, students work on their objectives.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We actually are devoting more time to mathematics because we did not decrease classroom instruction time, but added ALEKS time to it.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We cannot require ALEKS at home because not all of our students have Internet access.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I have sent home reports and reminders to parents.


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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We are still discussing as a faculty how to do so because, at this point, it is not part of our grades.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Because we have had technology issues, we haven't been able to have a consistent amount of time on ALEKS to require progress. Our issues are with hardware; not with the ALEKS program itself.   


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students choosing objectives based on topics covered in the classroom. They use the program to reinforce and expand the classroom experience. Additionally, filling in their pies is motivating.