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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El Camino Creek Elementary School, Encinitas Union Elementary School District
Carlsbad, CA

Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: After-School
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra

Jodi Greenberger, Assistant Principal
My staff and students enjoy using ALEKS. Students are mastering topics and reviewing new concepts taught during the day. They like watching their pies get larger.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We did not face any.

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is only used after school with intervention students.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Order is determined by what they are currently learning in class.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
For one class period, half of the students work on ALEKS while the other half has direct instruction with the teacher, and then they switch.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
No modifications have been made.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Three times a week, for 30-minute sessions.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send home progress reports and student pie charts.


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 one-fourth of their homework load.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not give students a grade in the intervention class.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
They are responsible for logging in three times a week at home.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are mastering topics and reviewing new concepts taught during the day. They like watching their pies get larger.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Let the students choose a topic to work on for 15 minutes, and then the teacher chooses a topic for the students to work on for 15 minutes.