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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Central Dauphin High School, Central Dauphin School District
Harrisburg, PA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week, 27 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2

William David Buck, Teacher
I am impressed with ALEKS because it makes it possible to provide a virtual individualized education plan (IEP) for every student. This is necessary in today's educational environment because all students are held to the high standards of achieving proficiency in Algebra 2 concepts. The challenge of bringing every student up to this high proficiency level is made easier with the differentiation that the ALEKS program inherently provides.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How to reach the at-risk and special education students who required individual assessments, progress monitoring, and a tailored curriculum.

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.


Implementation

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We have not used a particular order thus far, but in the future we may correlate the order of topics to our math curriculum.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work individually on increasing the number of topics mastered in their pie chart while the teacher circulates, providing assistance as needed.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to work on ALEKS at home as often as possible.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send letters home which seek permission to place children in the program and describe the parents' responsibilities to monitor and encourage ALEKS usage 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?
Up to this point it has not been a graded course.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
The students are required to spend a minimum of 2.5 hours per week using ALEKS, and we could easily monitor this time through the ALEKS reports. Students who were not getting the minimum number of hours were notified of their deficiency through the email component of ALEKS.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students who spend a sufficient amount of time are able to increase their proficiency from basic to proficient in a matter of weeks. Students report that they finally feel good about their math abilities and understand concepts that they have never understood before.