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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Wixom Christian School, Private
Wixom, MI

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 36 hours per term

Melanie Nestor, Assistant Principal
I am using ALEKS with a student who came to us this year severely behind in math. She started the semester in Geometry with the rest of her grade, but it became apparent very quickly that she was in way over her head. I began her in the ALEKS Pre-Algebra course and found out that she was very discouraged. She was still only able to get around 20 percent on her quizzes. After a few weeks, we moved her to a lower level course, and she later came into my office and exclaimed "I got a 77 percent!" She was so excited. That may not sound like much to most people, but to a young lady who has not passed a math class in a long time, it was epic. Yesterday she got an 83 percent. Wow! ALEKS helped her to get excited about math again and to see success. She is moving rapidly through her lessons, and hopefully, we can get her caught up. Thanks for offering this great tool.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We are a small school without the teacher resources to have additional classes for students who are not on grade level with the other students in their grade. If they are not ready for the next level course, we are kind of stuck.

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?
40 minutes.


Implementation

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
The student has some flexibility, but I encourage her to go in order of the topic layout.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The student is in the back of the class and works on ALEKS. She has access to the teacher for help this way.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
None.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Her parent is encouraged to login with the student and review with her.


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?
We are currently working on that.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
At this point, ALEKS is her full grade and is based on quizzes.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since this is our first use of ALEKS, we are pushing her along as quickly as possible to try to get her caught up.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My student is now able to pass a course which was previously impossible. She is very excited that she is making progress and feels great.