ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

Hermitage High School, Hermitage School District
Hermitage, AR

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Tami Ethridge, Intervention Teacher
ALEKS is beneficial for students who need additional support in math. The self-paced nature of the program is adaptive to the student's needs. Students feel increased confidence in using ALEKS.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school has been faced with the challenge of being able to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

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

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


How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS has been implemented for at-risk students. Assessments are used to identify learning needs, and students are pulled out to work on the program. Students are also encouraged to work at home; however, home Internet access and computers are limited at best.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Depending on the students, ALEKS topics are covered to mirror the material being covered in their regular math class. Other students are so far behind, that they are allowed to work on any section that is available in their pie. This allows students to have control of their learning and experience success.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS in a pull-out model.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Regular classroom teachers have not modified their classroom teaching.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are regularly encouraged to work at home; however, home technology issues are a problem.


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?

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is not incorporated into the grading system.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students are encouraged to make regular progress; however, time and other priorities sometimes create conflicts.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students feel increased confidence in using ALEKS.