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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Mabton High School, Mabton School District 120
Mabton, WA

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Summer School, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 60 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Mike Davis, Graduation Specialist
Although this is my first year working with ALEKS, I already see that the program helps my students to progress in their math classes. I especially appreciate the fact that ALEKS ensures concept mastery before allowing students to move on to the next level. By working before, during, and after school, my students have been able to pick up the credits they need in order to graduate. They are very excited about their progress.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our students have not been able to reach adequate yearly progress in mathematics, and many students still struggle with the foundational elements of mathematics.

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?
55 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I implement ALEKS as a supplement to my students' existing math courses.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
An entire course period is devoted to ALEKS, as well as after-school sessions.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS gives me the opportunity to work with students one-on-one.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Because my students have limited home access to a computer with Internet, I do not require them to complete a specific amount of ALEKS work outside of class.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I cultivate parental involvement through student conferences and by meeting with parents and students before school begins.


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?
Because I offer ALEKS in a variety of programs, some of my students use ALEKS only for homework, while others do not use it for homework at all.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I implement ALEKS as a supplement to my students' existing math courses and therefore do not grade their ALEKS use.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I expect the students to master five topics per day. I find that this will allow them to finish the course in 60 days.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
By working before, during, and after school, my students have been able to pick up the credits they need in order to graduate. They are very excited about their progress.