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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Clearwater Middle School, Waconia Public School District
Waconia, MN

Grade(s): 5 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 90%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 15 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Jillian Kruger, Teacher
ALEKS has been a wonderful tool to help the students in my class who have been performing lower than expected but who do not qualify for special services. Most students really like seeing their progress and getting some extra help, while others feel like it is just something else they need to do. Overall, I have had many students thrive after getting the extra support that ALEKS provides. They are able to work at an individual level, and they are very excited to see their pie grow!


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is part of a program for at-risk students who don't qualify for Special Education.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We get start right away and work for about 45 minutes. We take a 15 minute break and then work for another 30 minutes.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
The students are great at self-monitoring. I will check that they are trying different topic areas.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are encouraged to spend an extra hour to an hour and a half on ALEKS. Sometimes I will require them to do 6-8 topics at home before we meet the following week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send updates and encourage parents to log in to ALEKS at home with their student.


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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I do not incorporate it into a grade.

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.
Most students really like seeing their progress and getting some extra help, while others feel like it is just something else they need to do. Overall, I have had many students thrive after getting the extra support that ALEKS provides. They are able to work at an individual level, and they are very excited to see their pie grow!


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
We really like using ALEKS for our lower students to get them caught up. It is a never-ending cycle, but ALEKS doesn't move them to the next topic without mastering the previous one.