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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Sharpstown High School, Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Online School, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Credit Recovery, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 95%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 24 hours per term
ALEKS Course: RtI 6, RtI 7, RtI 8, MS RtI Tier 3, Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1, Traditional Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Integrated Mathematics I, Mastery of SAT Math

Brandi Brevard, Campus Improvement Coordinator
ALEKS is a wonderful program, great for building students' foundational skills and improving grade level content knowledge. Our students are stronger and more confident in math, and our state assessment scores are proof of the program's excellence. Students really enjoy the program and are motivated to improve. We use the courses for core content, and it has been essential in improving our state assessment scores.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Low scores and trouble succeeding in math.

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?
40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is used for students at risk of failing, for credit recovery, and for higher students to advance their math knowledge.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Warm-up is five minutes; instruction is 20 minutes; and ALEKS is 40 minutes.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Practice time on ALEKS instead of paper.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Twice a week.


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?
All.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students' grades are based on required topics per week.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students' grades are based on required topics per week.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Our students are stronger and more confident in math, and our state assessment scores are proof of the program's excellence. Students really enjoy the program and are motivated to improve.