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 Margaret of Scotland School, Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Saint Louis, MO

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Colleen Joyce, Teacher
ALEKS is a great way to differentiate math instruction for all your students! It is easy to use and the kids actually really enjoy it! The reports allow you to see who in your class is mastering concepts and who is not. When I teach something in math, many students in the class are able to say, "OH! I saw this on ALEKS!" Sometimes they have already mastered it or sometimes they still need a bit of help, but ALEKS at least has made them familiar with it. Also, QuickTables has really helped with math facts and the retention of these facts! Students feel good about their progress. They like seeing their pie pieces get bigger as they master more concepts. They understand that ALEKS wants them to not only learn things but to still know how to do it weeks later.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Computation was a bit of a problem. Just a lot of mistakes concerning adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing properly.

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?
40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We do direct instruction three days a week, ALEKS in class two days a week and students do an hour at home each week.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students jump on and I roam around helping as needed.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I can skip concepts that I see my students have already mastered on ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour every week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We discuss ALEKS at open house, giving parents the reasons we do it and why it is important.


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?
Yes, about 50 percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
They get ten points a week if they complete their one hour of ALEKS time at home. This ends up being about 10-15 percent of their 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.
When I teach something in math, many students in the class are able to say, "OH! I saw this on ALEKS!" Sometimes they have already mastered it or sometimes they still need a bit of help, but ALEKS at least has made them familiar with it. Also, QuickTables has really helped with math facts and the retention of these facts! Students feel good about their progress. They like seeing their pie pieces get bigger as they master more concepts. They understand that ALEKS wants them to not only learn things but to still know how to do it weeks later.