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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Liber Community School - LEAD Center, Private
Los Gatos, CA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Home Access, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: Varies
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2

Beth Hankoff, Math Mentor
ALEKS is user-friendly and has helped me differentiate instruction for my students.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Parents wanted a hands-on program, but also wanted students to work at their own level of math.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We showed the students how to use it at school and have lab time available for them to use. They also log on at home if their parents want them to work on it more.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Some classes are half-project, half-ALEKS. Other classes are all-ALEKS one day, all-project another day.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS quizzes as pre-tests to guide my regular teaching.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Homework is left up to individual family choice.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are given reports so they can see how their child is progressing. They are reminded that more time at home equals more rapid progress.


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?
It is part of their homework, but it is optional.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students who use ALEKS regularly at home are able to progress rapidly through the grade levels. They like the instant feedback they get from ALEKS and enjoy filling their pies. It has been good for both high-level math students and more reluctant math students.