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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Peterson Middle School, Santa Clara Unified School District
Sunnyvale, CA

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: After-School, Special Education, Summer School, At-Risk Students
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2

Michael Shanahan, Math Department Co-Chair/Teacher
ALEKS is the best math program I've seen. It's great for any level. Every student who actually participated in ALEKS improved markedly. They feel successful with ALEKS.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was a challenge to bring the lower skilled students up to their appropriate level without their feeling "slower" than the others.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is completely separate from the classroom curriculum.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is mostly done at home, except for at-risk students who come after school three days a week for an hour a day.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage my students on a daily basis.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We hold a Parents Night at the start of the year.


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 extra credit.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is not part of the grading system.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Every student who actually participated in ALEKS improved markedly. They feel successful with ALEKS.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Do your best to insist students show up, and they WILL improve.