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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Wayne E. Bartels Middle School, Portage Community Schools
Portage, WI

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week
ALEKS Course: RtI 8, Pre-Algebra

Kyle Barber, Special Education Teacher
I use ALEKS as a supplemental program to help facilitate understanding with full inclusion. Students have increased their test scores and are more confident about doing math.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students were missing basic math skills from previous levels.

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?
Varies.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Students utilize ALEKS as an intervention tool when they have free time.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, the students choose.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I encourage students to use ALEKS when they have free time.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Regular teaching is the same.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are encouraged to login once a week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I talk to them and give them the option.


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?
Less than ten percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I don't.

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.
Students have increased their test scores and are more confident about doing math.