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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Lamar County Middle School, Lamar County School District
Barnesville, GA

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Special Education, Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Joanne Raynie, Exceptional Education Teacher
I have worked with ALEKS with my resource math classes for a year and a half. I really like the progress I see in their achievement and the way ALEKS is set up for teachers to use.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We faced very low passing rates on Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) for Students with Disabilities (SWD).

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?
70 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We integrated ALEKS into computer time in math classes that already existed. We also want to implement it as an elective remedial course.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We go to the lab after a brief warm-up, then work with ALEKS with minimal teacher assistance. Homework is assigned as an ALEKS worksheet.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have already used the differentiated instruction and am now trying Concrete-to-Representational-to-Abstract (CRA) model.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
The students are encouraged daily, but it is not required due to access issues.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I created a brochure and talked to the parents about ALEKS.


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?
25 percent of homework grade assigned once a week.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
20 percent of grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, a minimum of three lessons mastered each hour.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I see the progress on the program. The students like to see their pie increase.