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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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Diocese of Orange
Yorba Linda, CA

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra

Roman Fernando, Teacher
Students are well engaged in the ALEKS program. They are able to use the pie chart to view their progress and this has been a benefit. The software uses differentiated instruction and assists all levels of learning. Students' scores are tracked against the standards and this is has been beneficial when checking for understanding.


Scenario

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
Varies.

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I replaced another online math program with ALEKS.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students are self-driven to do ALEKS at home for a required two hours per week.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I linked the standards that I teach to the California State Standards with ALEKS.

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

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Students are self-driven, so there is no parental involvement.


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?
ALEKS is part of their project grade (30 percent); they must for complete two hours per week.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is part of the students' project grade which is 30 percent of their total score.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
They use the pie chart to track their progress.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students enjoy the pie chart because it is easy to read. They are able to track their own progress to better themselves. ALEKS pushes the students to try something new and students are able to gradually progress into deeper understanding.  Students' scores in class have increased. 


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is a great program that has detailed reports. These reports are really good to assist students in learning concepts and ideas.