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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Washington Elementary School, Jacksonville School District 117
Jacksonville, IL

Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement, At-Risk Students, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 4 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Emily Story, Teacher
My district asked me to pilot the ALEKS program with a few of my math students. I found the program fairly user friendly. Once I had the students set up, they had no problem working through the program. Both students enjoy the program and find it challenging. They also enjoy the review activities after the Initial Assessment. I think the questions are well written and grade-level appropriate.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school has high math scores, but we feel we can be doing more for our special needs and gifted students.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1-2 days per week.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS as a reward for one student who finishes class work early, and as a motivator for a reluctant student.

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

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Often. I encourage them to use ALEKS on a regular basis.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
There is no parent involvement at this time.


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.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more eager to work on topics they struggle with because they get to use the computer. The students seem excited when they see that they are making progress.