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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Santa Clara Unified School District
Santa Clara, CA

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Exit Exam, At-Risk Students, Summer School
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week
ALEKS Course: All Math Courses

Kathie Kanavel, Educational Technology Coordinator
We are using ALEKS as a math intervention program for grades 4-12.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Differentiation.

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

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
20 minutes


Implementation

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, we suggest that teachers let the diagnostic assessments guide what the student needs next.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
It differs depending on the site, but best case scenario, it is being used by students while teachers are pulling small groups for targeted instruction.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We have contests to see who can put in the most time and have the most topics learned.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We hold math nights where we show parents 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?
We do not do it for homework since not all of our students have computer access at home.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not include it at this time.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We are just making sure they complete topics as well as time.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are very excited about ALEKS. Seeing their pies grow and moving up in classes is very rewarding to them.