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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Brown Deer High School, Brown Deer School District
Brown Deer, WI

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 90%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 7.5 hours per week; 75 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Sandy Schmitt, Teacher
We recently incorporated ALEKS for our Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and remedial math classes. Not only do the students love math again, but our staff is impressed with the quality of the content. The program is so user-friendly and the support staff is very efficient. We are now able to customize the courses to fit our diverse student body. I would highly recommend this program to other schools.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We were very frustrated with a different web-based program that was previously used. Students had discovered how to "beat the system" and get through the lessons without doing any math.

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?
90 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We just started cold turkey and rolled with the punches. However, there were not many punches since the program is very user-friendly.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We look at the topics listed in ALEKS and then remove those topics that are not covered in our textbook.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We do a mini lesson of teacher-led instruction every other day. Otherwise, students are in the lab using ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We have told students they can use ALEKS at home, but I do not believe that many have done so.


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?
We are not currently giving homework.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We currently require students to make a 16 percent gain each week. After they take the weekly assessment, we calculate their grade based off of the gain they have made and divide it by 16, which is then their grade for the class.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Many of my students have commented that they really like ALEKS. They find that it is easy to understand the "explain" sections and are really motivated to see how much they can accomplish on their pie. For students that have really struggled in a regular classroom setting, they are now doing well in ALEKS because they have an opportunity to excel at their own pace. Additionally, students who were doing well in the classroom setting are now able to work at an accelerated pace.