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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Ka'u High & Pahala Elementary School, Hawaii Public Schools
Pahala, HI

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 36 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Nellie Salmo Davis, Teacher
ALEKS has helped increase my students' math skills and proficiency on monthly benchmark tests and the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA). During the first round of HSA, five out of my 21 fifth grade students were proficient in math. By the third round, ten out of 21 students were proficient or exceeding in math. We have gone from 23 percent proficient to 47 percent proficient. The students are excited to see their pies fill up as they increase their skill sets.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our school didn't have a structured math intervention curriculum.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is part of our afterschool Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) program.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The first half of the class period is for ALEKS, and the second half is for enrichment.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I can do a lot more one-on-one with students, as it is a small group after school.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
It is not required.


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 don't use ALEKS for grading because it is used in an afterschool program.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I require an increase of ten topics in students' pies each day.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
During the first round of HSA, five out of my 21 fifth grade students were proficient in math. By the third round, ten out of 21 students were proficient or exceeding in math. We have gone from 23 percent proficient to 47 percent proficient. The students are excited to see their pies fill up as they increase their skill sets.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is a great way to have extra practice on skills taught during the regular school day.