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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Belleville West High School, Belleville Township High School District 201
Belleville, IL

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-3 hours per week, 35-40 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Traditional Algebra 1

Austin Betz, Teacher
The abilities of the students in my classes vary significantly. ALEKS allows me to meet the needs of all of my students by providing individualized instruction to all. It makes homework and assessment a breeze.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
There was a wide variety of abilities in a single classroom, and traditional teaching methods were unable to meet the needs of all students.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
30-40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
About 50 percent of the class is based on the individual progress that students make in ALEKS. The other 50 percent is based on tasks given in more of a traditional classroom setting, but using tools offered by ALEKS (i.e. quizzes, worksheets, and assessments). This allows the students to complete the tasks for the class at their own pace.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Generally, I conduct a more traditional lesson in the classroom. I introduce a new topic or practice an old topic, then have students move to the computers where they work on worksheets (ALEKS Quizzes) and their pies individually, while I offer assistance to those that need it.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
The biggest difference is the amount of time that the students have to work on their own. Most of the instruction that I give is now one-on-one.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are not required but are encouraged to do 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?
All homework that is given in class is on ALEKS (given as quizzes). A significant amount of class time is given to the students to work on those worksheets.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Fifty percent is individual progress in the program, based primarily on progress in assessments; 25 percent is worksheets (custom quizzes) in ALEKS; and 25 percent is assessments (custom quizzes) in ALEKS.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, typically five topics per week, depending on the school schedule and other classroom events. I translate this into a particular number of topics between assessments.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen more students make significant progress across the board with ALEKS, as opposed to seeing only a few students make significant progress in the traditional classroom setting. The students who have not had success in past math courses tend to get excited when they see their individual progress in ALEKS, which seems to motivate them to make more progress!