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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Loveland High School, Thompson School District R2-J
Loveland, CO

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students, RtI
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week; 15 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Courtney Sylva, RtI Specialist
ALEKS is used as both a Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention. Students find it very user-friendly and have been successful because it works at their level! Students can work independently because ALEKS provides tutorials that are clear and easy to understand. The information is given is given to students in small, manageable pieces that doesn't overwhelm them with too much, too fast.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students were struggling in class and on state tests.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
30-45 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used as a tutoring program for Special Education, or as a recommended intervention through our Student Intervention Team as an RtI intervention.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use half of a 90 minute study hall for ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Student progress is monitored and shared with parents. Parents are asked to encourage the use of ALEKS at home.


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.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Students are expected to complete a minimum of three topics a day. They also get rewarded for showing growth on tests.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
We have seen an improvement in our overall success in state testing. Most students are motivated by the progress they are able to make. Many students have also said that they finally understand math using ALEKS.