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Allen High School, Allen Independent School District
Grade(s): 10 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, One-to-One Laptop Program, Home Access
Purpose: Credit Recovery, College and Career Readiness, Exit Exam, Summer School
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-5 hours per week, 120 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, PreCalculus
Jan Covington, Math Department Head
ALEKS has been a great option for student success in our high school. We use it for our math get-a-head summer program which allows students who did not take Algebra 1 as eighth graders to take Geometry or Algebra 2 in the summer; this then allows them to take Calculus their senior year. This has increased our number of students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, especially our sub-populations. We also use it for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) remediation. Every junior and senior who has completed or mastered 55 percent of ALEKS has passed the TAKS exit level test! We also use the program for Algebra 1 recovery as it is the only program that fills in the gaps and leads to student success in Algebra 2. More students than ever are recovering lost credit and gaining the knowledge they need to be successful in the next math course they take. They feel excited about their progress and confident in their learning.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I have matched up all of the courses with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and with our local scope and sequence, by semester.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, whatever ALEKS prescribes.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on ALEKS with small pull-out groups and I provide individual help when needed.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
This is our fourth year with ALEKS in certain programs, so it is the approach.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as possible, though with our remedial groups this does not happen often. With my summer get-a-head program this is very common.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have not pursued this avenue.
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?
Credit recovery program: 80 percent of the grade is on the mastery percentage (must complete 85 percent in our remedial classes) and 20 percent of the grade is the final exam (minimum is 70 percent). Summer get-a-head program: 80 percent of the grade is on the mastered percentage (must be 90 percent or better) and 20 percent of the grade is the final exam (minimum is 85 percent).
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, we use the Time and Topic Report for documentation.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
More students than ever are recovering lost credit and gaining the knowledge they need to be successful in the next math course they take. They feel excited about their progress and confident in their learning.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Let it BE your program.