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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Delta Cyber Charter School, Delta Greely School District
Delta Junction, AK

Grade(s): 6 - 12
Scenario: Online School
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 90%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 30+ hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Trigonometry

Patrick Krepel, Teacher
I have been quite happy with ALEKS. I feel that it has helped many students begin to understand math better while working at their own pace.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Many of our courses were in dire need of upgrades, which amounts to huge time commitments. ALEKS allowed us to offer standards-based math without having to put the courses together ourselves.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Because I have students from all over the state, I use the Teacher Module daily to manage my students as they work independently in their ALEKS course.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I am not a traditional classroom teacher since we are an online school. I use ALEKS student reporting when talking with individual students. This feature helps me to see what they've been working on and how much time/mastery they currently have. The ALEKS Message Center allows me to check individual students' understanding and to offer encouragement via email. I also use the worksheet feature to correct individual students' self-generated worksheets.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I now play more of a tutoring role, depending on which course a student is taking.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students complete all course work from home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We do meetings at our partner schools to inform parents about what their child is working on and how to access 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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
In courses where ALEKS is used, ALEKS comprises 100 percent of a student's grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. I like to see 50 percent mastery by the semester and 100 percent completion by the end of the school year.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students who actively use ALEKS seem to be quite excited about math. I have one parent who absolutely raves about this daughter's progress due to ALEKS. She took ALEKS Algebra 1 course as an eighth grader and upon entering high school, began taking Algebra 2. She is actually helping her older classmates (sophomores, juniors, seniors) with their math. This is quite a turnaround for this student, as she was very uncertain about math prior to her ALEKS experience last year. I have also had several students who have completed an entire year-long ALEKS course in a semester. I love the way students are not held to a classroom pace when they are capable of moving forward more rapidly.