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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Moore Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools
Arvada, CO

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 15%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4.58 hours per week, 55 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Linda Kunhart, Teacher
I have a class of 19 students that use ALEKS on a daily basis for 55-minute classes. The results have been very good, with an increase in students' scores on the district test.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Double dose classes were not individualized for the students.

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?
55 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is a double dose math class.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, but I do suggest that the students work part of the class time on topics that are being covered in class.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is a separate section and the students work on it for the entire class time.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are encouraged to, and there are a few students that work on ALEKS at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I explain to parents that the students who put in more time on ALEKS and are committed are the ones that will be the most successful.


Grading

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
This is a pass/fail class.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
The students are to master an average of three topics per day.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Using the district benchmarks, the students improved their scores. Most of the students continue to work hard and see progress.