ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Clovis High School, Clovis Unified School District
Clovis, CA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Exit Exam
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 60%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 160 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), California Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Dawn Zinger-Corley, Teacher
ALEKS has helped scaffold math skills in order to move my students through the Algebra curriculum. It is helping my students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and receive their diplomas.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
I needed to increase the number of students passing the math portion of the CAHSEE.

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

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


How do you implement ALEKS?
Students use the program to increase skills.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, I follow the order of the textbook we use.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I teach the standards and use ALEKS for re-teaching and assessment.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS to generate sample questions and project these for the class to work on.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
When they are absent.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send home monthly progress reports with the ALEKS pie chart.


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?
The number of objectives students complete equates to the points they receive for their grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, they have to reach a required number of objectives each week.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Math skills have increased and test scores are improving! Students have commented that they enjoy seeing the number of mastered skills increase each week.

Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Alternate between ALEKS to live, modeled teaching.