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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Silverton School, Silverton Independent School District
Silverton, TX

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: College and Career Readiness, Core Curriculum, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 36 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Prep for AP Chemistry

Juannah Brice, Teacher
ALEKS has been very helpful with providing additional practice for students who need remediation on some topics. It has also proved valuable in providing extended learning for the advanced students. Student scores have improved on state standardized tests, and I've also seen an improvement in classroom performance. Students are pleased with their progress and achievements.


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is a supplement to the curriculum. Students are required to spend at least two hours each week and master a specific number of topics based on current mastery levels.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS outside of class. Occasionally they are given time in class to work on ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have added ALEKS examples into the lessons for certain topics.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Every day. Students are required to work on ALEKS for two hours per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parent support comes naturally from their support of good grades for their child.


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?
ALEKS is roughly one-third of the homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS counts for roughly 20 percent of the grade for a six-week grading term.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
After taking the ALEKS Initial Assessment, each student is given a number of topics to master each week based on their performance on the assessment. Student progress is measured by checking the ALEKS Time and Topic Report and recording mastered topics in a spreadsheet designed to track progress.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Student scores have improved on state standardized tests, and I've also seen an improvement in classroom performance. Students are pleased with their progress and achievements.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
My students have discovered that printing the explanations and keeping them will actually help with not only ALEKS, but also their other homework assignments.