ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

Gerald W. Kirn Jr. High School, Council Bluffs Community School District
Council Bluffs, IA

Grade(s): 7 - 9
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.5 hours per week, 31.5 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)

Dave Monson, Math Teacher
I am using it on a trial basis with remedial math students at the junior high level.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The previous program we used was very slow, caused student boredom, and would lock up frequently when logging off.

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

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


How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is the only curriculum currently being used with my remedial class.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We cover topics level by level.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We use the entire period for remedial math.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I am able to do more guiding instead of modeling.


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?
There is no homework assigned in remedial math.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is their only grade for the remedial class.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We do not require specific progress at this point in time.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
There has been a healthy amount of growth in their basic knowledge and the students are excited to complete the pie graphs.