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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Colonia High School, Woodbridge Township School District
Colonia, NJ

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Supplement, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.6 hours per week; 64 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra

Rhonda Dalton, Resource Center Teacher
ALEKS has proven to be an outstanding program that is helping my classified students to learn math. This program meets the individual needs of my students and it pinpoints their weaknesses and helps them to turn them into strengths.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We have been facing low test scores for our Special Education students.

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?
20 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Daily.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I tell my students to work on the ALEKS topics that relate to what we have learned or are learning first.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I have been setting weekly goals for my students on ALEKS and grading them for their completed pieces of the pie. I usually do a traditional lesson and try to leave 20 minutes at the end of the block for ALEKS. In between chapters, I try to leave a day for ALEKS. I also encourage students to use ALEKS at home.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have been using fewer repetitions of problems to allow more time 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?
I have emailed all of my parents and told them about ALEKS, requesting that they encourage their children to work on it as much as possible 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.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students are given a weekly test grade based on how much of what I have asked them to complete has been completed.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen tremendous progress in my students who are eager to learn. The students that are doing well are thrilled and excited about completing their pie. My reluctant learners are doing well too.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Set weekly goals for your students and grade them based on their percentage of completion of those goals.