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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Bankbridge Regional School Campus, Gloucester County Special Services School District
Sewell, NJ

Grade(s): 6 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, Summer School
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 15%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-1.25 hours per week, 10-20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Jeffrey Lamb, Special Education Teacher
I am a Special Education teacher in a receiving school district for students with varying disabilities. Since using ALEKS, I have seen an improvement in math skills from all of the students in my class that use the program. I would highly recommend this program to ALL school districts. The program enhances learning, and can pinpoint each student's deficits and correct problems quickly.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
There are many challenges in Special Education across all disciplines. ALEKS helps to bridge the gap.

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?
10-15 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Each of my groups completes the set amount of work I have assigned to them, and then they work with ALEKS on various skills.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
After completing the curriculum I have set for each group, students then work on ALEKS for the rest of the period. This is typically 10-15 minutes each period.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not modify my teaching approach. I use ALEKS as an extension of skills taught and as practice for skills they are struggling with.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Not at all.


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?
Due to the students and the disabilities they have, I do not include ALEKS as a requirement or grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, because I only use ALEKS as a resource and extra learning tool.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Math skills have increased for the students I teach, and I have seen ALEKS help many of my students.