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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First Love Christian Academy, Private
Washington, PA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Laptop Carts, Home Access
Purpose: College and Career Readiness, After-School, Summer School, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25-90%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 70 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Traditional Algebra 1, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

Kathleen Miller, Administrator
I am a founder of a Christian high school. After I discovered ALEKS, I offered it to my math teachers as a way to fill the gaps of our students who come from many different backgrounds. Overall, the program has the potential to help students in a variety of situations.


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It varies depending on the teacher.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, I structure the exams to be in order of the ALEKS Pie slices (topic areas).

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We use ALEKS in two ways: I work independently with students on ALEKS as a tutor, and my other math teachers both lecture and use ALEKS with their students.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We changed from a lecture setting to a lab setting.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour per day.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We communicate often with the parents.


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.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Varies.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, their required progress is a ratio of their personal goals and the amount of time they have in the semester.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have noticed that students retain material better because of the periodic assessments in ALEKS.