ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Shades Valley High School, Jefferson County School System
Irondale, AL

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: ESL Students
Time Spent in ALEKS: 0.5 hours per week, 9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra 1

Virginia Oleinick, Teacher
My experience with ALEKS has been great. It's a program that many students can benefit from. I have seen an increase in skills needed to reach grade level performance.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Lack of basic math skills was a challenge for us.

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?
15 minutes.


How do you implement ALEKS?
Mastery of skills replaces poor grades in the general education classroom.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students spend 45-60 minutes in the regular class, and then 20-30 minutes in the Special Education class using ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS as a model of how to do problems, then show this through guided practice, and then move to independent practice.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students do not have Internet access at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We involve parents with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as supplemental instruction to help progress within the general education curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen an increase in skills needed to reach grade level performance. When prompted to take notice of how their pie represents their progress, students exhibit positive behavior.