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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Diegueno Middle School, San Dieguito Union High School District
Encinitas, CA

Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 45-60 minutes per week, 90 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables)

Emily Coulter, Math Teacher
I use ALEKS once a week with my support students.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We have several students that we targeted for additional help who have skill levels of basic, below basic, and far below basic.

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?
We go to the computer lab once a week.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, we start with whole numbers, then move on to decimals and go from there.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
After a warm-up and basic skills review, we head over to the computer lab and work on ALEKS for a little while. Students can ask questions, but mostly they work on their own.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I didn't really modify my teaching approach.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are not required to work at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We do not involve parents at this time.


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.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Grades are based on participation.

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.
I have seen my students increase their knowledge of basic skills. They feel good about their progress and like seeing their pies fill up.