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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South Sutter Charter School, Private
Rancho Murieta, CA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 32 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Denae Merten, Education Specialist
It has been a wonderful addition to my students' math program. The curriculum is easy to use, the assessments are easy to implement, and the pie charts and feedback are great. My students have made wonderful progress towards mastering their grade level standards and like seeing their progress reflected in the pie chart.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students were below grade level and not meeting their grade level standards. The parents of our homeschoolers were having difficulty keeping their children motivated and implementing a curriculum on their own.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3-4 days per week.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I gave the Initial Assessment, set time to work on ALEKS each week with my students, checked their weekly progress, and created quizzes and assessments.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, the students choose which topics they would like to work on each day.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use it at home as part of their independent study curriculum.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
It took the place of supplemental workbooks or tutoring.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Three to four days a week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
My parents are very involved. They use the message component of ALEKS to stay in touch with me and they check their student.s progress weekly.


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?
Not as homework but as part of their independent study program.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I use quiz grades as part of their score.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I check to make sure they are mastering 3-4 new topics every month.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My students have made wonderful progress towards mastering their grade level standards and like seeing their progress reflected in the pie chart.