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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Montgomery Middle School, Cajon Valley Union School District
El Cajon, CA

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 70%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week; 30-36 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Timothy Dobbins, Teacher
ALEKS was used as a before and afterschool tutoring program for below and far below basic students who needed extra help on math concepts.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How to address the needs of students who needed help with a limited number of staff members available to help!

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?
30-40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used in an afterschool program designed to target students with a need for extra assistance in math.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is used for before and afterschool tutoring in the computer labs.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS was used to supplement our regular curriculum and give an accurate result of ability, needs, and placement.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As often as needed.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I give updates to parents every six weeks.


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?
ALEKS is not used for grading purposes.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
If a student is not willing to try to make progress, another student is added to the program.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Increased comprehension levels in all grades. With the pie, constant self-evaluation is available so students are intent on improving their scores.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Understanding that the pie is critical to allowing students to buy into their own progress!