ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

McCormick Jr. High School, Laramie County School District 1
Cheyenne, WY

Grade(s): 7 - 9
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra 1

Julie McGuire, English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Teacher
Great, we just started a few months ago. The students like to see their pies fill up with what they know.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Seeing that students' goals are met.

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?
30 minutes.


How do you implement ALEKS?
I made it happen. 

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, according to my school district's curriculum.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
They use ALEKS after they get done with the lesson at hand.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
If the students score low, I will re-teach the lesson.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I will next year.


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?

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
There is a participation grade to help off-set the assignments.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, my students are high risk. They don't need the stress or the pressure. Maybe when they see more success.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Great, we just started a few months ago. The students like to see their pies fill up with what they know.