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Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach, CA
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Exit Exam
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 80%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-5 hours per week, 30+ hours per term
Teri Pearlman, Teacher
My students feel like they are getting a useful experience with ALEKS.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Serving students with varying degrees of math skills and abilities.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Our district California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Math Prep Handbook is used as homework. I am also using an Intervention Kit published by Prentice Hall. I use ALEKS to personalize areas where my twelfth graders need to fill in the gaps in their math understanding in order to pass the CAHSEE.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on ALEKS every class period. All students are required to spend 3-5 hours per week for course credit.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Fewer lectures and less homework.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Two hours per week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send home information and ask students to show their parents the program.
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, 50 percent.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Grading breaks down as follows: time spent in ALEKS is 45 percent; project and checkbook is 25 percent; success at passing the CAHSEE is 25 percent; homework is 5 percent.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, progress is measured by time spent in ALEKS.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I sense that my students are gaining readiness to learn. They are all on task. ALEKS provides a great opportunity for students to fill in the holes in their past math knowledge. ALEKS will help prepare students for subsequent classes. Students seem pleased with their progress; 60 percent seem confident that they passed the CAHSEE.