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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Saint Joseph School, Private
Bradley, IL

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 1-2 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)

Sister Mary Ann Hettel, Principal
Our first year with the fourth graders was a good experience for most students. The average and above average students enjoyed the lessons and seeing their accomplishments immediately. The above average students like to see their results right after the assessment.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our challenges were finding time and trying to connect it to the Saxon Math Program.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We added ALEKS into the math/computer lessons.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Each student moves forward after the assessment.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We have lab time with two instructors.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We changed our computer skills expectations because this program offers ways to learn graphs, etc.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We always encourage students to work at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We communicate to parents through newsletters and word of mouth.


Grading

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Just steady progress.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The average and above average students enjoyed the lessons and seeing their accomplishments immediately. The above average students like to see their results right after the assessment.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Keep the students excited about their progress. Thank you for this fine program.