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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Anamosa High School, Anamosa Community School District
Anamosa, IA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Summer School, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week; 8-9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Foundations of High School Math

Darci Wagner, Teacher
ALEKS has been implemented as a part of a high school remedial math course. Pre-Algebra course topics are taught in the class; however, with students' abilities ranging from the third grade level to the eighth grade level, ALEKS is used to address individual student needs. Students are able to work on topics specific to their needs in an effort to close or lessen the gap between their actual level and the level at which they should be working as a ninth grade student. Students also use QuickTables to improve knowledge of basic math facts. The students that give ALEKS their sincere effort demonstrate great gains not only on their ALEKS assessments, but on district assessments as well.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Differentiating class work to match the varying degrees in ability level was a challenge and ALEKS has addressed this need.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used as supplemental/remedial work for students.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Students work on the topics in their pie chart as they chose.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We only have eight computers available for our use. Classes are split with half of the class using ALEKS and the other half of the class involved in other activities.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
My teaching approach did not need modification as a result of ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I suggest home use on occasion, but many students do not have Internet access to work from home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I do not have much parental involvement with ALEKS.


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?
I do not use ALEKS for homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I give participation points for ALEKS work, meaning time spent on task.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students that give sincere effort in their work in ALEKS show great gains on their ALEKS assessments, as well as district assessments, and are excited about their progress.