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Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman Union School District
Morro Bay, CA
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Online School
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, Traditional Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, Prep for GED Mathematics
Donna Burke, Advisor
ALEKS is amazing. The program has a diagnostic pre-test so students do not waste time learning what they already know. The way the program is set up is fantastic; it's set up so students can master all concepts. Students have mastered courses in Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2. They feel great about their progress!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students couldn't work at their own pace in the regular math classes.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.
How do you implement ALEKS?
I check on student progress once a week. We map out how far they need to go each week in order to finish the class by the end of the year.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
The Algebra 1 course tells them the order they should cover the topics.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We are an online school so students work on it at home.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Students must master 80 percent of the course in order to be eligible to take the final to pass the class.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Encouraged five days a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have a math tutor available at school.
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?
All of their homework responsibilities.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
For first semester, we have the students take the final at the end of the semester and then double the percentage to give them a grade (90 percent or above is an A, 80-90 percent is a B, and 70-80 percent is a C). For second semester, their percentage on the final is their grade in the class.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
They need to make weekly progress, which is measured by me. I fill out a worksheet showing how much time they spent, the percent mastery they gained and if there was an assessment or not.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The way the program is set up is fantastic. Students have mastered courses in Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2. They feel great about their progress!
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Keep track of student progress weekly.