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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Canutillo High School, Canutillo Independent School District
El Paso, TX

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: After-School
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week, 90 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Carmen M. Guzman, BCIS I Teacher
It is a wonderful program that helps our students tremendously.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school was challenged by low student turnout for our tutoring programs.

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?
60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used in our after-school tutoring program.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I allow ALEKS to structure the class time. The students log in and begin working.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
As I only oversee the after-school tutoring program, I did not have to change or modify my teaching style in any way.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
My students are not required to work on ALEKS at home at all. A large percentage of my students do not have home access.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send out letters to the parents asking them to encourage their kids to stay after school for help.


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?
ALEKS is used as a supplement to our tutoring program after school. As such, we do not grade their work.

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


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
ALEKS is a wonderful program that helps our students tremendously. I have seen students succeed in passing their state standardized tests, which gives them a great sense of accomplishment.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Math departments could benefit from using ALEKS.