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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Golden Sierra High School, Black Oak Mine Unified School District
Garden Valley, CA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 27 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Katie Nemer, Principal
It was easy to start ALEKS at our school. Students feel successful and the feedback in the reports is very useful.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students are at different levels in the classroom environment and each student learns at their own pace. With ALEKS, students can practice at home or after school to gain a better understanding of what is being taught in the classroom.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We are using ALEKS in one test class and with five individuals who would not have been able to complete Algebra due to illness.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We do direct instruction on Mondays and Fridays, and individual work in ALEKS on the two block days.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We teach to the regular scope and sequence of the course, and students spend time either working on current skills or other skills they didn't clearly understand prior to the class.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We make phone calls to parents and encourage daily and weekend work.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Through phone calls and emails.


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?
Yes, 25 percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
25 percent.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
At this point, students only have to be actively working in the program.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are gaining mastery in their individual areas of need. They understand what they need to do and can see their progress in ALEKS.