ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

Mark Twain Elementary School, Carson City School District
Carson City, NV

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25-35%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-1.5 hours per week; 12-15 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Dorothea Doyle, Teacher
I use it as enrichment for gifted and talented students in my classroom.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How to accommodate the very skilled students in the classroom who need more of a challenge and want to be able to work at their own speed.

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.


How do you implement ALEKS?
I use it as enrichment for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Required work is completed, then students can independently work on the ALEKS program.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I used to have my upper-level students do anchor activities or be peer tutors, but now they mostly do ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
No, it is not required.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
They are notified that their child is using the ALEKS program at school.


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, it is not.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is independent to my grading.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, I do not.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are proud; it is competitive between classmates.