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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Many High School, Sabine Parish School District
Many, LA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 30 hours per term

Chris Laurence, Teacher
While teaching Special Education students I was looking for something to help them and motivate them in math. We have used ALEKS for about half a year and the students use it for an hour a day; the results have been amazing. If you look at their Initial Assessment compared to their final test it is unbelievable the improvements that have been made. Not only have they improved in ALEKS, but their state testing scores improved as well, some as much as 100 points.


Scenario

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?
60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Each student spends an hour a day on ALEKS.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students are rotated onto ALEKS on an hourly basis.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I am allowed more time for one-on-one teaching.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Most of them do not have computers at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send reports 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?
Ten percent.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
While teaching Special Education students I was looking for something to help them and motivate them in math. We have used ALEKS for about half a year and the students use it for an hour a day; the results have been amazing. If you look at their Initial Assessment compared to their final test it is unbelievable the improvements that have been made. Not only have they improved in ALEKS, but their state testing scores improved as well, some as much as 100 points.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Allow students to work on what they are comfortable with.