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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Fremont High School, Fremont Union High School District
Sunnyvale, CA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: California Algebra 1

Elisha Davis, Teacher
ALEKS is a wonderful program. My students get immediate feedback and are motivated to keep going. The students no longer "hate" math. For some of them, this is the first time they have felt successful doing any math. My students are making slow progress but are making progress. They love the visual of the pie and the ability to review past topics. They also love QuickTables.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The population of students who did not have the skills to pass Algebra 1 was our biggest challenge. ALEKS is helping us resolve some of those gaps.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
20-30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We had one half day training with an ALEKS representative, and then the teachers using the program got together to talk and plan.

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

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I trusted that ALEKS would fill in the gaps as I went through the curriculum.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Encouraged but not required.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Not at all this year.


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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Forty percent of their grade is based on the progress made in the assessments which is given every two weeks. The grade is also based on progress made in QuickTables.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, they are graded on increased percentage on progress assessments and number of topics mastered.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The students no longer "hate" math. For some of them, this is the first time they have felt successful doing any math. My students are making slow progress but are making progress. They love the visual of the pie and the ability to review past topics.