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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Hayfield High School, Hayfield Community Schools
Hayfield, MN

Grade(s): 7 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: RtI, Intervention, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.5 hours per week, 150 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2

Brandon Macrafic, Principal
We began using ALEKS this year in our math intervention classes and have experienced firsthand its amazing ability to individualize math instruction for a classroom full of students. Our seventh and eighth grade math scores have increased by 11-14 percent. We have seen engagement in math skyrocket for our intervention students. The combination of individualized instruction with computer-based modules has engaged a group of students who were disconnected with the importance of learning math. Beginning next year, we will be using ALEKS in math intervention classes in each of our six grade levels.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our biggest challenge was providing individualized math interventions for students in grades 7-12 while not increasing the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) or making a significant financial commitment. ALEKS allows us to do that.

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?
44 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We obtained ALEKS pilot subscriptions so that we, along with our students, could explore the program. From day one, we knew we would be purchasing annual subscriptions. Our school board committed the funding to do so.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS classes are held entirely in the computer lab with students working bell to bell.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Our math teachers now have the ability to help students one-on-one within ALEKS as opposed to trying to generalize math instruction for a large group.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
At their own discretion.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We will next school 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?
Students have a minimum number of assessments they need to complete each week.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
All math intervention classes are pass/fail grades. If students meet the minimum weekly assessment guidelines, they will pass.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Each teacher sets a minimum number of assessments that must be completed each week based on student course or need.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Our seventh and eighth grade math scores have increased by 11-14 percent. We have seen engagement in math skyrocket for our intervention students. The combination of individualized instruction with computer-based modules has engaged a group of students who were disconnected with the importance of learning math.