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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Alvin Jr. High School, Alvin Independent School District
Alvin, TX

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.67 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2

Deborah K. Roberson, Principal
Our school piloted a 90-day session/tutorial with ALEKS. We targeted 100 seventh grade students who had gaps in their math learning. At the end of the 90-day pilot, 83 of the 100 students showed significant improvement in their math skills. The students were excited about learning on the computer, even though they did not like math. As they learned the system, their confidence improved along with their attitude and math grades, including district benchmark math scores.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The 100 students we targeted were low in basic math skills including multiplication facts, measurement, and statistics/probability.

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?
20 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It was done as a pilot tutorial program outside of students' regular math class.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The ALEKS pilot tutorial program was done through our daily 20 minute advisory class.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We did not modify our regular math curriculum as a result of ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students were encouraged to use ALEKS at home as often as they could.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We generated support for ALEKS by informing parents of our efforts to help their young person be successful in math. We explained that ALEKS would help them fill in gaps in their math learning and the parents were very supportive.


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 has nothing to do with their homework assignments.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It was a pilot program and did not count as a grade in math class.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
This was a pilot program and I do not have the historical data to answer this question.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
We are still in the data disaggregating stages and our students will take their state math test the end of April. However, most of the students feel good about ALEKS because it has helped them improve their basic math skills and boosted their confidence level. Therefore, they are more successful in math class and on district benchmark scores.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
My teachers may have suggestions, but I do not have any at this time.