ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Central Academy, Des Moines Public Schools
Des Moines, IA

Grade(s): 7 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Less than 1%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.5 hours per week, 54 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Tony Voss, Gifted and Talented Consultant
ALEKS is a great option for students who are above grade level in math.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The district had a difficult time meeting the individual needs of students who were gifted and advanced 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?
40 minutes


How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS has been implemented as an independent learning experience that is very individualized.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is an independent, separate entity.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
It did not require any modification.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as they like or have time for.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?


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 not part of the homework load.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is the whole math grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Progress is assessed by standards-based measures.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The learning outcomes and progress have been amazing. Students are engaged and motivated to learn; they seem to relate very well to this type of learning delivery.

Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is a great alternative for self-paced math instruction.