ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Oakley Park Elementary, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
Commerce Township, MI

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20-95%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5-8 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Donnalyn Trevethan, Teacher
I have used ALEKS the past five years for our advanced students. This year I appealed to our Special Education department to purchase the program for one of my Special Education students, and she is doing remarkable. It has helped her tremendously with her basic facts and has supported our direct instruction. She goes on the program from home. At school, she uses ALEKS whenever possible.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Advanced learners.

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?
60 minutes.


How do you implement ALEKS?
It was implemented at the district level.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on their own and keep a Math Journal.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Not at all.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
15-20 minutes a day, five days a week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
The district has a Parent Meeting during the first month of school. In addition, ALEKS has outstanding reporting systems that parents love.


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?
1-3 days per week.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students are not given letter grades.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have been extremely impressed with the progress the students have made. I like how they can go at their own pace.