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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Angleton Christian School, Private
Angleton, TX

Grade(s): K - 9
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: RtI, After-School, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40-50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.5 hours per week; 25 hours per term
ALEKS Course: RtI 6, RtI 8, MS RtI Tier 3, Algebra 1

Sharon Owens, Teacher
I really enjoy working with ALEKS because this is the first math program that has really helped my students. The pie chart, immediate feedback, worksheets, and assessments all make this a very helpful program. I have been able to witness the progress my students have achieved using ALEKS. This is a great program and I will recommend it to other teachers who have students that struggle in math.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Some of the students were very behind in math. ALEKS has found the gaps in their math skills and brought them up to where they should be.

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?
45 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used as a class for the students that score very low on their Initial Assessment. The students that need less help use ALEKS during tutorials for extra credit in their math class. I have students check their pie chart to see if the topic we are working on is available to work on. If this topic appears in their Pie, students would work on this topic only.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Not yet. After getting a feel for the program, I can go in and start trying to assign topics in a particular order.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Only certain students can use ALEKS during class. The others have to work on the program afterschool or at home.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has helped me a great deal because I don't have to look for additional material for the students who need extra help. Now I can have them work on topics in ALEKS that they haven't mastered, which gives me time to work with other students.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
My students have to work on ALEKS for two hours each night, at least two days per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I usually print out reports on what students are learning, what they are ready to learn, and their learning log. Sometimes I will also review the student assessment progress report.


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?
ALEKS is 40-50 percent of a student's grade, depending on their ability.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No. I let students work at their own pace, but some students have to have at least one section of their pie completed before the next class.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My students' grades were 60 percent and below on most of their tests and everyday work. After using ALEKS, their scores have increased dramatically to 80 percent and above. The practice and worksheets help the students a lot, and they love that they are making good grades in math now. They also like that they can get an email to let them know when I have an assignment for them. This is GREAT!