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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Christian Jr. High School, Christian Unified Schools of San Diego
El Cajon, CA

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 36 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra

Babette Davis, Seventh Grade Math Instructor
ALEKS has an easy-to-use administrator interface. The students also love it.


Scenario

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I implemented ALEKS as a basic skills review package for seventh and eighth grade Pre-Algebra students who struggled in the regular classroom.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We back it up with textbook instruction, followed by free use in ALEKS.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Two days per week is devoted to ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Areas of apparent need can be addressed through self-made quizzes, tests, and increased work in that pie area, as opposed to my regular approach.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I require at least 30 minutes of ALEKS work at home per week, but many students do more than that.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are introduced to ALEKS at back-to school night informational talks, along with several email reminders from 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?
Homework counts for less than 10 percent.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Roughly 20 percent. We have a basic skills section that is worth 30 percent of their grade; ALEKS falls in to a large portion of that section.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, but they are encouraged to make progress, and given quizzes on the material they are mastering.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I feel that the use of ALEKS as a spiral instructional aide keeps students' learning fresh and accountable. Students no longer "cram" for the standardized tests. If students are working through all the components of their pies, they are covering all the areas on a regular basis. Furthermore, most of the students beg to go to the computer lab to work on ALEKS!


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I encourage student "buy-in" in as many ways as possible. Try not to force this program. If students see it as a way to increase their progress, they will be more likely to use the program.