ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

Methacton High School, Methacton School District
Norristown, PA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 10 hours per term
ALEKS Course: MS RtI Tier 3

Rick Smith, Special Education Teacher
Our experience with ALEKS has been very positive. As an educator, ALEKS makes it very easy for me to provide progress monitoring reports to teachers and to develop assessments. ALEKS also provides a great scaffold for my students. My students enjoy ALEKS because they are able to work at their own pace and watch their growth through the ALEKS Pie.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We struggled to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

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?
45 minutes.


How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS to supplement our Algebra 1 textbook.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I do not cover them in any order.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Half of the class works on ALEKS while the other half is getting instruction.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not.


How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is used for class points and assessment scores, which I would say is 25 percent of the grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My students feel that ALEKS is very appropriate for them. The program is not too difficult or childish for them. As a result, my students have gained confidence with their skills.