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 Thomas-Saint John School District
Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: ESL Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 3 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Dr. Migdalia Arthurton, District Coordinator
English Language Learner (ELL) students come to our district without the mathematical skills needed to complete their regular course requirements. ALEKS provides them with the opportunity to practice and reinforce their knowledge of math skills and to move forward towards mastering these skills. The end result when I look at their beginning knowledge and ending knowledge is these students are moving into regular math courses. This in turn lets them meet the required mathematics standards that all students are supposed to meet. For them, it is simply great!


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS supplements the mathematics curriculum and provides mathematics support to ELL students.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, they don't. They simply pre-test the students and allow the program to dictate where the ELL students will begin.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
At some schools, the teachers use ALEKS one day a week which is a 45-minute class period. At other schools, the students go after school which is 90 minutes.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Through sheltered instruction.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
The English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers try to encourage the students to work on ALEKS at home every day.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Through Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings and workshops provided at each school.


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?
No, it is not.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not part of the grading system.

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.
ELL students are mastering the math knowledge needed to move into regular math courses in their regular school program. In addition, their skills are practiced and reinforced. They feel good to see themselves moving in their classes and acquiring the knowledge skills they need to succeed. For them, it is simply great!


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Provide as much professional development as possible to ensure that all teachers understand the program and the value of having their ELL students increase their knowledge skills in mathematics.