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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Grafton High School, Grafton School District
Grafton, WI

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: RtI, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra

Michael Bergmann, Teacher
ALEKS has been a great tool to support my Pre-Algebra students. Students have been able to push themselves and attempt more complicated math problems than they ever have. They are able to work at their own pace and accomplish their goals when they are ready. For the most part students feel positive about ALEKS. It has served as a good motivational tool.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
These are the lowest achieving students in the school. They are already 1-3 years behind other students in their grade.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Our Curriculum and Instruction Director approached me about including ALEKS in my curriculum, and we have been working with ALEKS ever since.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No. My students have the freedom to work on whatever topics are available to them at that time.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We are in the computer lab three days a week working in ALEKS, with students working at their own pace. The other two days are spent in the classroom doing whole-group instruction on some of the major, important topics that students need to cover at the same time.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We are in the computer lab working in ALEKS three days a week, and only do whole group instruction two days a week instead of all five.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are always encouraged, but it is only required sometimes. If students have missed some school or have not kept a good working pace, I will require that they spend time outside of class working in ALEKS.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We sent a letter home at the beginning of the semester explaining how we will be using ALEKS, and that we appreciate their support in encouraging their child to use it 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?
To this point, ALEKS has only been used as a supplement to the core curriculum, and has not been used for grading purposes.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, students are required to complete at least ten topics per week. The progress is measured by monitoring the number of topics they complete and requiring work outside of class if they fall behind.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students have been able to push themselves and attempt more complicated math problems than they ever have. They are able to work at their own pace and accomplish their goals when they are ready. For the most part students feel positive about ALEKS. It has served as a good motivational tool.