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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Harlan Community High School, Harlan Community School District
Harlan, IA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Credit Recovery
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.3 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2

Bryan Kaster, Teacher
This program has been amazing! We use it for credit recovery and remedial help for struggling students. When students fail a regular math class, we put them in the ALEKS program. If students are falling behind or have attendance issues, we also have them do the ALEKS program. Our low achieving and at-risk student population has thrived using ALEKS for the math classes compared to being in traditional classrooms. Thus far, 100 percent of the students who have remained in school have met their math requirement (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) for graduation. You can see their confidence in math grow daily!


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Not having a place for students to go that fail first semester (off-cycle students).

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is an individual class within itself for credit recovery.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We only use ALEKS as a class within itself for credit recovery.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
None, it is all one-on-one help.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
When they are absent or if they are behind.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We don't. However, parents have access to their student's grades and progress online.


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, 100 percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
The time we spend per week is 15 percent of their grade, and the assessments are the other 85 percent.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
When students fail a regular math class, we put them in the ALEKS program. If students are falling behind or have attendance issues, we also have them do the ALEKS program. Thus far, 100 percent of the students who have remained in school have met their math requirement (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) for graduation. You can see their confidence in math grow daily!


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Make the students take notes!