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Danvers High School, Danvers Public Schools
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week, 24 hours per term
ALEKS Course: High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1, High School Geometry
Cindy Noftle, Teacher
My students really enjoy working with ALEKS, and I have seen their skills improve dramatically. Students have increased their Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores by at least 20 points. They feel more confident about their math scores and are ready to take on advanced topics. They get immediate gratification from their success when they see their pie fill up. Each time they complete a concept, my students beam!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
My students were lacking in the basic math skills needed to succeed in Algebra 1. In addition, some students had failed the MCAS which is the state exam required for graduation. Students from all grade levels use the ALEKS program so they could move on to another math class.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I work with individual students while my other students work on their own. I have students complete worksheets about once a week and assessments every two weeks or so.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I work individually with these students rather than as a whole class.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We ask parents to encourage the students to work more than one hour a week.
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 100 percent.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is 50 percent.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students have increased their MCAS scores by at least 20 points. They feel more confident about their math scores and are ready to take on advanced topics. They get immediate gratification from their success by viewing their pie.