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Rome City Elementary-Middle School, East Noble School District
Rome City, IN
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-3 hours per week, 25 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Pre-Algebra
Steve Keck, Teacher, Building Technology Coordinator
Test scores and classroom grades have risen to the point where we have passed our Annual Yearly Progress goal two consecutive years based on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP).
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Trying to meet and raise the standard on the ISTEP was a challenge.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS as a separate class for all our students not involved in other reading and/or math remediation programs.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We do not cover topics in a particular order.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We have a class set up specifically for ALEKS.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We didn't. With the way ALEKS is set up, students move along at their own pace.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We don't encourage or require this component due to a lack of technology our students' homes.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We currently don't but are thinking about doing this next school year.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since this is our first year using ALEKS, we haven't done this but are thinking about doing this for the next academic year.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
With ALEKS being self-driven and self-motivating, the program has allowed our gifted students to be challenged and move along, while allowing other students to move along at their own pace and learn math skills they are in need of. Students seem proud of the success and progress they are making. They also seem more willing to ask for help when necessary.