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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Delta High School, Delaware Community Schools
Muncie, IN

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Credit Recovery, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4.5 hours per week, 40 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Traditional Algebra 1

Scott Herring, Math Department Head/Teacher
ALEKS has been an outstanding experience. It has allowed students in the high school that have previously failed Algebra 1 to achieve success. We have had tremendous results in our first year, not only with passing grades in the classroom but passing scores on the state's End-of-Course Assessment (ECA) as well.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our challenge was getting the lower 25 percent of the students through the Algebra 1 class to pass the ECA. It was also a challenge to get students in that same category to do any homework at all.

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?
55 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We have a period of the day that students come in and work on ALEKS. The ALEKS program itself is the curriculum for those students.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work independently on laptops and two teachers work with individual students as needed.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I do not lecture in front of the class. Instead I help individual students throughout the period as needed.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We encourage it but it is not required.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send home information on the program and how it is used at the school. We encourage parents to look at their child's progress as much as they can.


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 give participation points each week and progress reports each week (how many topics they try and how many they master). 70 percent of the grade is based on the assessments and how much of the program students have done at benchmark dates during the semester.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Progress is a must to get credit in the class. We do not require a specific amount of progress for each benchmark.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Since using ALEKS our results are out of this world! We targeted 26 students that had failed Algebra 1 and/or the ECA. Out of the 26 students, all received their credit, and out of the 16 that retook the ECA, 14 passed. This semester we have 28 students that have not received any Algebra credit and 26 will receive 1 credit. The students feel very comfortable working independently and working on a one-on-one basis with the teacher. They can work at their own speed and see immediately how they are progressing through the program and how well they do when they are assessed.