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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Frank M. Tejeda Academy, Harlandale Independent School District
San Antonio, TX

Grade(s): 7 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.66 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Caroline Wienecke, Math Teacher
I use ALEKS with students in need of skill development. I am excited to begin using the program. 


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school has a number of students that have failed multiple times in a variety of skill areas.

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?
50 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS in our Advanced Math Instruction (AMI) classes.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work with ALEKS on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
As I am just beginning with the program, I am not sure how ALEKS may modify my teaching style.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Never.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
At this point in time, we have not attempted to involve the parents.


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?
Grading is based on 20 percent for ALEKS work, 20 percent for class work, 40 percent for quizzes, and 20 percent for behavior.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I check each student's progress at the end of each grading period.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
As I have just begun with the program, I haven't been able to determine outcomes.