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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Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Charter
West Chester, PA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Online School
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20-100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 160 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry

Carolyn Melo, Teacher
We use ALEKS with students who enroll after the start of the year and who have either not been in school or have questionable preparation. We also use the program as a weekly lab to supplement an Algebra 2 course for students who are below grade level.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our population is transient, and students come from all kinds of districts across the state. Some were socially promoted, some came from poor backgrounds, and some were disinterested in school, especially in math.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS has replaced some courses and serves as original summer credit for other students. In another class, we use it as a lab twice a week.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We use ALEKS several days a week for the full class period, with live instruction given on the other days.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Since the program targets individual needs and gaps, more time can be spent on new content!

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are required to use ALEKS from home daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We encourage parents to use the free trial to see how it works, and that usually convinces them.


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 anywhere from 20-100 percent of a student's homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It depends on the course. ALEKS can be 20-100 percent of a student's grade. This grade is based on time spent and progress made in the program.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
They are asked to spend one hour on the program or complete two topics daily. Anything less than that will result in a lower grade.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
For students who log in and use the program, they show amazing growth which they retain in subsequent years. Those students who embrace ALEKS are enthusiastic. Additionally, several families have asked that their students continue with the next course in the sequence.