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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Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Grade(s): 6 - 7
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 10 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 3

Tammy St. Myers, Teacher
Our school was part of an ALEKS trial period. The program was offered to five of my Able Learner students as a supplement when they had shown mastery of our classroom lesson. The students reported that they liked the challenge and that they would like to use it again. Students were able to use the program from home as well. Overall, students give ALEKS two thumbs up. As a teacher, I appreciate knowing that my students were challenged through differentiated lessons. In the six weeks we were able to use the program, I thought it was great.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The gap of understanding was huge. ALEKS enabled the gifted students to be just as challenged as the struggling students.

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?
ALEKS was used as enrichment.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students were allowed to choose for themselves.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The five students were offered ALEKS when they had already shown mastery of the classroom lesson. Students went to the LMC and worked independently.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I had fewer projects.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students were encouraged daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents were notified and all were happy to hear we were addressing their child's needs through this method.


Grading

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS was not used as a grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since this was a trial period, we just wanted to get students' feedback on the usefulness of ALEKS and get their opinion on whether we should purchase subscriptions next year.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are happier and more inquisitive from using ALEKS. The students who are self-motivated love it.