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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Saddle Mountain Intermediate School, Wahluke School District
Mattawa, WA

Grade(s): 2 - 4
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 56 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Heather Beedle, Teacher
ALEKS has been a useful tool in my classroom. I have only had the opportunity to use ALEKS with advanced students and would love the opportunity to use this program with struggling students as well. My high achieving students were very successful and motivated to learn using this program. They used white boards and manipulatives when needed. Because the program does not take a lot of time each day, students were able to participate in whole group instruction and access ALEKS during independent time. I have seen students excel beyond grade level expectations. Students love ALEKS and feel as though it has been a successful tool in expanding their learning! Students even mentioned getting questions correct on their Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test due to the ALEKS program.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
I was having trouble reaching my gifted students.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
20 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I notified parents about ALEKS, and then introduced the program to students in small groups.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
They can use this during independent or intervention time.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are not.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
They were notified about it when we started the program.


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.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students excel beyond grade level expectations. Students love ALEKS and feel as though it has been a successful tool in expanding their learning!