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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Arizona Distance Learning, Sequoia Charter Schools
Mesa, AZ

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 45 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Math Prep for California High School Exit Exam

Karen Fullmer, High School Teacher
When a student uses ALEKS correctly in our distance learning program, the results are tremendous. I have seen students progress very quickly using ALEKS, especially when they use the program consistently. Students get very excited when they can see definite progress in their percentage points. It makes the hard work worthwhile for them. Overall, I love the program and try as much as possible to help the students "buy into" the idea.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school did not have any remediation tools for students prior to using ALEKS. We had a few minor worksheets or activities, but they were time-consuming for the teachers. ALEKS provides us with the tools we need to help our students be successful in math.

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?
1 hour.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Our main focus is to use ALEKS as a remediation tool. However, we have talked about creating several stand-alone classes for our lower level students.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Currently, topics are not covered in any particular order. However, as we make courses for our students that will allow them high school credit, it will be more structured in a particular order.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
It is all home-based learning.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
No modifications were necessary.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are required to put in one hour of ALEKS per day for remediation purposes.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We offer to have students and parents come in to our office for a personal tutoring session on how to use ALEKS successfully.


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 used only for remediation at the present time.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We use the initial assessment to determine what level the student is at. Then as the semester progresses, we determine how long they have spent in ALEKS and how much progress they have made and give a grade based on those parameters.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
A student is required to complete 60-90 hours per semester.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students progress very quickly using ALEKS, especially when they use the program consistently. Students get very excited when they can see definite progress in their percentage points. It makes the hard work worthwhile for them.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I love the idea that you now have several different textbooks to use with your ALEKS courses. It helps integrate the information taught in the classroom with the ALEKS curriculum.