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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Sandburg Middle School, Elmhurst School District 205
Elmhurst, IL

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: RtI, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 9 hours per term

Christy Gumbach, Counselor
ALEKS is easy to use, students can be self-sufficient, and progress is easily monitored.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
None I am aware of.

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?
40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS in an after school program as intervention for a struggling student.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
As an after school intervention program.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not modify my regular teaching.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
ALEKS is used only at school.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send home progress reports and use his progress during parent conferences.


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?
I do not use it for grading.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Not at this time.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
One student who had gaps in math number sense has been exposed to skills through the different areas of math. He experiences all aspects of math while focusing on one area of concern. The student also likes to see his growth on the pie graph that shows his progress in each area.