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Idaho Distance Education Academy, Charter
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: RtI, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 35%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Traditional Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
Velvet Gutridge, Teacher
ALEKS is a wonderful resource for my students. I have seen students move from basic to advanced on state testing because of their commitment to working in ALEKS four days a week. Many of my students have used ALEKS to help them move more quickly through math concepts, enabling them to move a grade or two above their peers in math.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Low test scores in subgroups were a challenge. My students did really well in the same areas of math but were really low in other areas. ALEKS helps the students get a better balance of scores in all math subgroups.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-4 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Our students taking high school level math classes are required to complete most of their pie in order to pass their math course. Some of my younger students use ALEKS in a variety of ways depending on their individual academic needs.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I usually encourage my students to work on topics that they are lowest on in their skills pie.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Our school is a distance learning school, so the structure for each student is different. Some students use ALEKS daily as part of their math class, while others use it as a supplement program a couple of times per week.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Because of our school model, I have not really had to modify my teaching.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I do not focus on time in ALEKS. We focus on skills mastered. After the students take their test, we determine how many skills they need to complete their pie. We divide that by how many weeks until the end of the goal period and determine how many skills should be mastered in a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Our parents are the learning coaches for our students, so they are naturally very involved in the ALEKS program.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is 40 percent of the grade for high school level courses. For younger students, ALEKS is about 30 percent of their grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students using ALEKS have individual goals set for them, and they are expected to meet their quarterly goals. The ultimate goal is for them to complete their pie for their grade level before the end of the school year.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
ALEKS has definitely helped my students improve their test scores. In fact, my students have had so much success with ALEKS, I have subscribed to it for my son. Most of my students really enjoy ALEKS. The lessons are direct and clear. The students love to see their pie fill up with skills they have mastered.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Individual goals for each student, consistent time in ALEKS, and frequent feedback for students are some of the best practices we use.