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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St. Johns High School, Charleston County School District
Johns Island, SC

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 70%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 6 hours per term

Melba Guerrero, Math Teacher
Working with ALEKS has allowed me to differentiate instruction....Some of my students have learned how to study by themselves with ALEKS, which will be very useful.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We have a group of people that have not passed the South Carolina High School Assessment Program (HSAP). Additionally, everyone has different skill levels, expectations, and requirements.

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I enroll them in the course, and let them begin working.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We average 30 minutes of ALEKS per day, along with another 30 minutes of other instruction. If the students finish any assignment early, they are encouraged to work in ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use the report and quiz features in ALEKS to supplement the program with other instruction.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Most of my students do not have computers at home, so it is not encouraged.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I call all of the parents and inform them about the program.


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?
We do not incorporate ALEKS into our grading system at this time.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Not yet.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Some of my students have learned how to study by themselves with ALEKS, which will be very useful. Some of them feel proud of themselves.