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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Cusick Jr. High School, Cusick School District 59
Cusick, WA

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Credit Recovery, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 45 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Doug Theil, Teacher
I use the ALEKS program as an intervention tool for students that are struggling. The students have been able to move a lot more quickly using ALEKS. The students like the independence of being able to work on the topics of their choice during math.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was very difficult to individualize the instruction.

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?
50 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use it as an elective class outside of their regular math class.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
The students self select their topics.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The students must complete a certain number of topics before the class period has ended.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I am able to cover more material in a less amount of time.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are not required.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
The students must improve their math grades before exiting the ALEKS class.


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 homework is assigned through ALEKS.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
The students get two points for every topic of completion during the class period.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, a certain number of topics are given to each student each day to complete before the period is over.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The students have been able to move a lot more quickly using ALEKS. The students like the independence of being able to work on the topics of their choice during math.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Assign goals to students each day, otherwise the students will move very slowly.