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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Danforth Middle School, Syracuse City School District
Syracuse, NY

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 16 hours per term

Lori Williams, Computer Technology Teacher
My students love ALEKS! They are very receptive to using an online site to practice their math skills. The pie chart has been especially helpful. Students appreciate being able to check their progress on their own. The math teacher has shared that some of the students have shown considerable gains. The students like seeing their progress. They are able to revisit weaker skills, as well as review skills taught in the classroom and supported by their ALEKS sessions. The program effectively manages the individual growth of my students. The information is always available to me without a delay in processing the results.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students were challenged when it came to problem solving. The individual programming in ALEKS allows students to feel more comfortable with asking for assistance. It has also improved their willingness to try new math.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 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 projected the website, demonstrating how to use ALEKS. Math teachers met with me to view the site and to give feedback and suggestions. I met with the class to discuss the need to supplement math. I demonstrated the site, asking students if they were willing to give it a try. They were extremely receptive and eager!

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I cover the material as suggested by the math teachers.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
In a lab setting. I meet with the math teachers to plan what skills students will work on. The daily lesson is posted, and students begin the lessons, raising their hands for assistance when necessary.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
No modifications as of yet.

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

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Not yet.


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?
Students receive class participation points, which is 100 points per session.

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.
The math teacher has shared that some of the students have shown considerable gains. The students like seeing their progress. They are able to revisit weaker skills, as well as review skills taught in the classroom and supported by their ALEKS sessions.