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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Mediapolis Community School District, Mediapolis Community School District
Mediapolis, IA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week, 10-15 hours per quarter
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra

Todd Hilton, Technology Help
ALEKS has been a great benefit to our school district. It has been a supplement to our regular education curriculum and has benefited all students.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Meeting individual students needs. Each student is at a different achievement level and ALEKS allows students to individualize their curriculum.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We use in conjunction with our regular curriculum. We take students to the labs 2-3 times a week to work on ALEKS.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We are trying to get some consistency from grade level to grade level. This is the first year we have committed the funds and time to this particular service.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Twice a week, teachers bring their math classes into our computer labs to work on ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Each individual teacher modifies their teaching approach to suit their classroom needs.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
It depends on the classroom instructor. Some encourage home involvement, while others prefer students to only work on ALEKS a school.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We are working on that. This is an area we need to improve upon.


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?
I would not consider it homework. We use class time to work on it.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
At this point, none of the teachers grade ALEKS work.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
This is up to each individual teacher.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Although we are in our first year of incorporating ALEKS at all the levels, our students seem motivated just to work on ALEKS. They are encouraged as their pie becomes more and more filled out.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
We feel it has been successful by having each student take an assessment. After the assessment, we place kids at different levels based on the results. We encourage students to work on all areas of their pie and not focus on just one area at a time. We are starting to get to the place where we are carrying over students from one grade level to another. We hope this will benefit the student's future math scores.