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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Random Lake Middle School, Random Lake School District
Random Lake, WI

Grade(s): 5 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: RtI
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: RtI 6, RtI 7, RtI 8

Debra Poull, Teacher
ALEKS gives us a way to provide an extra scoop of math on an individual basis. It has expanded the option of that extra scoop being done at home or school. ALEKS gives feedback to the student as well as progress monitoring charts for the teachers and parents.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
A way to reach many students for RtI with limited time and staff.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1-5 days per week.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Students work on it during our RtI time, after school and at home.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is done during our RtI time, and not during class.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I haven't.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
30 minutes to two hours per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We make monthly contact with parents.


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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
If a student is failing a math class, and has put forward the effort in ALEKS, then that grade is changed to an E.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We have an incentive program based on individual students.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
When students use ALEKS on a regular basis, we have seen improvement. Students were happy to be making progress.