ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Central Academy, Des Moines Independent Community School District
Spencer, IA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: Varies
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Trigonometry

Sarah Riedemann, Teacher
I teach in an alternative high school. The ALEKS program has helped students learn independently and has helped me to track progress of each student individually.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Implementing a program that helps the teacher change the overall topics of the class and keeping track of the individual student.

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

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


How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is considered to be the primary math program at our school.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The students get the option to work on the program when they want.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not have to make a packet for each class.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?


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?
100 percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
For every piece of the pie they complete, they get a percent of the total pie. Then when they complete the program, they will receive an "A" for the class.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Overall all students are required to make 9 percent progress per day in any material. ALEKS can be counted into that number.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Although the students feel that it takes time, they have become more successful because of the visual of adding pieces to their pies.

Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Have the students keep a notebook of previously answered questions.