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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Islesboro Central School, Islesboro School Department District
Islesboro, ME

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Online School, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Mastery of SAT Math

Kathy Hayes, Guidance Counselor
ALEKS has been a really great experience for our students, parents, and school community. Different students use the program for different purposes and all have had good experiences. I most appreciate that Customer Support has been excellent with support, clarifications, and helping to understand some of the more specialized features of ALEKS.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Depending on the age group at our K-12 school, teachers use ALEKS with different focuses.

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

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


Implementation

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
For our third and fourth graders still learning many foundational concepts, ALEKS consists of mostly new learning. Our fifth and sixth graders most frequently use ALEKS to support their current learning. For grades 7-12, the students use ALEKS for a variety of uses such as credit recovery, preparing for a new class, and SAT math support.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
No.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
It is not required, but students are encouraged to work at home for 20 minutes a day.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Some parents request their child to participate.


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?
We focus less on grades and more on completing a course. However, some teachers have developed formulas with points earned.

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.
Our students are much more motivated about math, spending hours working in ALEKS and becoming more serious students.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is a great tool for students, though it definitely requires some teacher support.