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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Alameda Community Learning Center School, Alameda City Unified School District
Alameda, CA

Grade(s): 6 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 33%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, High School Geometry

Patricia Williamson, Facilitator
ALEKS is a great resource for helping students to take ownership of their educational experience. They can work at any grade level. Sixth grade students are completing seventh grade math in ALEKS so they can go to Algebra in seventh grade.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We were trying to balance the needs of students at different levels.

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?
60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used once a week in class and students work on it independently outside of class.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work independently, and I walk around and facilitate.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students use ALEKS for 2-3 hours per week at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
ALEKS is supported at school and progress is reported to parents.


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?
ALEKS is not used for 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.
Multiple students work one grade level ahead using ALEKS. These students like that they can work where they want to using this program.