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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Merit College Preparatory Academy, Independent
Springville, UT

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Online School, Home Access
Purpose: Summer School, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 15-20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-4 hours per week, 30-40 hours per term
ALEKS Course: All Math Courses

Floyd Yorgason, Director of Independent Learning
I love the versatility. It is beneficial to administrators, parents and students to pre-assess their current level with ALEKS and find out where the student can start the school year. I can easily and quickly move my students to a higher or lower level. The reporting for each student is easy to read and very useful. Some of my students have been able to complete the course work and start a second course for the year because you purchase access to ALEKS for the school year, rather than a course.


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?
Varies.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is offered as our math option.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We follow the grade level for the most part, but if students are advanced they can move as quickly as they master the concepts.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We service students who work from home on ALEKS and do not have class periods.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
The students use ALEKS as the number one option for math.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We encourage them to work at least three days a week but feel that five days a week is the most effective.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Most parents that I work with are self-motivated to work with their child.


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?
Yes. It is about 25 percent of their homework load.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We haven't finalized this yet.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We do not require a certain amount of progress, but follow along and when we can see a student falling behind we get in contact with the parent.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Consistency seems to be the key. I have seen students who consistently work with ALEKS make great strides, and love the program. I think the fact that they can track their own progress helps to motivate them.