View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.
Center Academy, Private
Grade(s): 4 - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program, Online School, Home Access
Purpose: College and Career Readiness, Special Education, At-Risk Students, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
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, Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry
James Schulz, Director
We have used it as our baseline math curriculum for the past three years or so for all of our students in grades 6-12. We find it to be more clear and comprehensive in helping kids and parents decipher what concepts are understood and what areas are in need of further development. Teachers love the analysis and the pie charts and bar graphs which outline areas of weakness, strength, and growth. There is no guessing about what areas need more practice.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
There was no real way to scientifically siphon out what they knew and what the sticking points were. Now, analysis and the ability to truly individualize are more realistic!
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.
How do you implement ALEKS?
We place kids in the lower school (grades 6-8) based on standardized testing results. We put them in the appropriate course and then do the initial assessment and adjust as needed. We use the same process with the high school kids and place them in the required classes as they qualify and initially assess.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We do not have class periods but individual programs and a series of tasks that must be completed depending on the child's individual skill sets. Most of our kids take longer to process material, but some are very capable and can move faster than the norm.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Lots of one-on-one and small groups. There is no large group instruction.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as possible or as needed.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We get them in the mix by promoting ALEKS when we meet and showing them the process and their kids' outcomes. ALEKS is also available to them at home.
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 do not typically administer homework but do only on a case-by-case basis. This is based upon lots of research with learning disabled kids.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is treated the same as any subject with assessments generated individually to test the kids.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
The bar graphs are great. We expect 80 percent mastery to pass the course.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
We have seen a variance of growth because we have mild to medium learning disabled kids. We have seen steady growth for most, and some show dramatic growth. They love the bar graphs which outline the new material presented and the percentage of growth. It is a motivator for most kids and very effective!