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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Valley Tutoring and Learning Center, Private
Wasilla, AK

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Jennifer Bashor, Director and Lead Teacher
We love ALEKS! It is our primary math curriculum.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Many of our students were struggling with math in so many ways.

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We implemented ALEKS in to our classrooms and fostered an individualized learning environment.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We let our students choose the topics that they want to learn.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We begin with a small group "math lab," then move on to ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I didn't really modify my teaching approach.  However, now my students try to figure questions out first without teacher assistance.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We walk through the program during conferences. We show parents how to check on their child's progress.


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?
ALEKS is the only homework that I assign.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS counts for about 50 percent of student grades.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, they need to make regular progress in ALEKS. We look at items per hour, which shows us if students are on task. We ask most of our students to master at least 3-5 topics per hour. We also want students to work in ALEKS for at least 3 hours per week. If the students meet these requirements, they will progress at the required rate.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
After using ALEKS, students are filling in gaps from their previous learning. They really enjoy seeing their pies fill up - it is very tangible. They are almost always ready to learn the next topic they select.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
The one thing that I have to do on my own is keep track of the actual topics mastered each week. On Monday mornings, I write down the time spent and the pieces of pie completed.