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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Pathways Charter School, Harmony Union Elementary School District
Rohnert Park, CA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Online School
Purpose: Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10-100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5-5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), RtI 7, Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, California Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Davida Elsbree, Special Educator Teacher
I have been very pleased with using ALEKS with my students. Students are more accountable and involved in their learning. They enjoy being able to have some choice and appreciate being able to see their progress.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Finding ways to track the amount of time a student was working in math.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
30-60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Sometimes it is the only math a student is assigned and other times it is a supplement to target areas of concern.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We assign certain tasks in ALEKS to be accomplished within the assignment time.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I teach the parent how to use the program.


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?
Yes, the amount of homework depends on the student. It can be up to 100 percent of their homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I use the work completed and quizzes to help determine grades.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I mostly use time spent in the program to measure progress.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more accountable and involved in their learning. They enjoy being able to have some choice and appreciate being able to see their progress.