ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

Essex Middle School, Town of Essex School District
Essex Junction, VT

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Online School, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Summer School, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
ALEKS Course: QuickTables, Algebra 1

Ned Kirsch, Principal
It has been a great addition to our math program.


What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was difficult to help students who wanted more.


How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We use it as an online school.

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

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
In face-to-face meetings.


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?
Yes. ALEKS is 10 percent of the homework load.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We use a pass/fail scale for students who participate in our extension program with ALEKS.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. We make a schedule with the students using ALEKS.

Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students enjoy the self-pacing. Teachers enjoy the ability to monitor progress.

Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is a great product.