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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Chardon Middle School, Chardon Local Schools
Chardon, OH

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students, Supplement, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 12%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week; 13 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Martin Johnson, Teacher
ALEKS provides students with the experience to self-evaluate and remediate skill deficiencies throughout their school career.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Assessing and intervening in specific skill areas of individual students.

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?
20 minutes.


Implementation

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, Number Sense, then Measurement, Geometry, and Algebra.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS during a 20 minute intervention time.

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

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We ask parents to monitor student performance.


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.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. I do a baseline and then they try to improve based on the rate of improvement per day.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students enjoy seeing the rate at which they improve.  However, they need to be motivated to stay on task the longer they are engaged in the program.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I have a student monitor who helps keep students on task and focused. The monitor helps students by demonstrating problems on slate boards and explaining examples on the ALEKS program.