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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Cisco Jr. High School, Cisco Independent School District
Cisco, TX

Grade(s): 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, At-Risk Students, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 45 minutes per class period
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Jody Seay, Teacher
I stared using ALEKS three years ago, and it is the best decision I have ever made! My students' class grades went up and so did our TAKS scores. ALEKS is an outstanding tool that helps students achieve a higher level of knowledge in math and helps create higher self-esteem. This program also allows students to progress at their own speed, while being industrious.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The main challenge as a teacher is the ability to reach all students. I have no idea where to start some students, but with ALEKS I can see where help is or is not needed.

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?
ALEKS is part of my curriculum and is worked into my classroom.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
My students work on any topic. Sometimes they will ask me, and I will direct them to the area that they need.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I structure ALEKS around the class by having students work on ALEKS problems in the same area that we are working on in class. We use ALEKS once a week.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have found myself referring to ALEKS problems in my classroom. Just today I said to a student, "Do you remember the ALEKS problem we worked on yesterday? This problem is just like it."

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
My students are told from the beginning that they can work on ALEKS at home.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I have talked about ALEKS from a teacher point of view during our Math and Science Work Day.


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?
I use ALEKS as a daily grade worth 25 percent of the overall grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I have a goal each semester for each student based on that particular student's needs.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
After using ALEKS for grades 6-8, I can see how much the program fills in the gaps that all students seem to have. My students do not find ALEKS hard to do; some students enjoy the challenge and some students only want to play. But with ALEKS reports, you can see when they are just playing around.