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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Zionsville High School, Zionsville Community Schools
Zionsville, IN

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 10 hours per term
ALEKS Course: High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Gary Rabb, Teacher
The way we previously tested, every student was given the same questions and cheating was very possible. With ALEKS each student is given a different question but still be assured they are of the same difficulty. This keeps the test fair and eliminates almost all chances to cheat.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Determining what to do with the student who has fallen behind.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1 day per week.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Our department head and Vice President implemented it.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
At this time we are just using it to aid our course work.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I use it after a topic has been taught for reinforcement.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has not modified, but enhanced my teaching approach.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As needed.


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 15 percent of their homework load.

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.
Most like the change of pace and different approach to grading. I allow them to take assignments multiple times.