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San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Charter School, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Credit Recovery, Core Curriculum, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4.5 hours per week, 72 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1, California Algebra 1, Traditional Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, Integrated Mathematics I
Keidi Lewis, Teacher
ALEKS is great for my struggling math students. The program does not include the anxiety causing triggers that have previously tripped students up with math, and is a comfortable, gentle way to master math standards. It fills in the gaps for students who are behind in certain areas or who do not understand specific concepts.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Being a homeschool, we were dependent on parents of varying math levels to teach core math curriculum. ALEKS supports the parents while also allowing them to better support their student in math.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4-5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We offer ALEKS to our homeschoolers and they jump at the chance to use the program. Many of them use ALEKS independently already.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students choose what order to work on topics.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Homeschool students come into the classroom to sit with me and work on ALEKS, asking questions for clarification when necessary. They also do quizzes and worksheets that we then go over together.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Five hours per week is the goal, and most do at least four hours per week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We cultivate support by showing parents their student's progress reports and by encouraging parents to help their child meet mastery goals.
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?
Yes. It is their entire math homework load.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I don't use ALEKS in grading. I use other benchmarks.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, progress is measured by time spent in ALEKS and topics mastered. They are responsible for a minimum of four hours per week and decent, appropriate progress made through their topics.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
A homeschooling student who had a fourth or fifth grade math level is only 20 points away from passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) after spending time each week on ALEKS. Other students are making their way through their math level one day at a time, plugging away on their own at home to master their math, which is very difficult to do as a homeschool student. The students love the ALEKS Pie and the ability to track their progress. They feel good about math, some of them for the first time in their entire academic career.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
For homeschool teachers, check in frequently with students and use the ALEKS Reports to keep track of how students are progressing.