Implementation Strategies

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

La Joya Community High School, Tolleson Union High School District
Avondale, AZ

Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1

Jesus Cardiel, Teacher
ALEKS has been great at helping kids catch up on the prerequisite skills they need to achieve success.

Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Many students lack the prerequisite skills needed for Algebra 1.

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?
60 minutes.

Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Since the class is entirely ALEKS, there is no textbook. We simply use ALEKS.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No. Students complete the ALEKS tutorial and the assessment, and then proceed at their own pace.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
From bell to bell, the students work on ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I communicate to parents that they can monitor their student's progress by going to the ALEKS website.

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, 76-100 percent.

ALEKS makes up about 80 percent of a student's final grade, along with class participation.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Progress is basically broken down so students earn ALEKS grades of A, B, C, or F.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students have improved their standardized test scores by approximately 20 percent. Students have also improved their letter grades by one or two entire letters. ALEKS helps students feel more prepared and more willing to learn.

Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Minimize talking in the classroom and have your desk in the back of the classroom so you can minimize off-task Internet use.