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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Mary M. Lynch Elementary School, Springfield School District
Springfield, MA

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Kristie Budrecki, Math Instructional Leadership Specialist
With ALEKS, students are able to work at their own pace, are more confident in their abilities, and like seeing the slices of their pies grow. They have become better problem-solvers and have shown that they are able to use a variety of strategies to solve problems. ALEKS provides targeted practice for students on specific skills; however, it is not used as a substitute for teaching those skills.


Scenario

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS each day during the 30 minutes of class time that is scheduled for review.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS each day during the 30 minutes of class time that is scheduled for review.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
There is less direct instruction and pencil and paper practice. Students are working on skills that are specific to their individual needs.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are notified during conferences.


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?
Occasionally.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not part of the grading system.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, they work at their own pace.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more confident in their abilities and like seeing the slices of their pies grow. Students have become better problem-solvers and have shown that they are able to use a variety of strategies to solve problems.