Assess your students in mathematics before it’s too late with ALEKS, a web-based personal tutor that discovers what a student needs to learn and when. ALEKS—which stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces—functions as a math teacher’s online assistant by accurately evaluating each student’s performance and providing one-on-one tutoring appropriate to the student’s knowledge of the subject.

ALEKS assesses students’ knowledge, guides them in selecting appropriate study material, and records their progress. The software moves between explanation and practice as needed, just a like a human tutor would. It corrects and analyzes errors, and it defines terms and changes topics upon request. It also features a class management tool that lets teachers see the results of individual students or an entire class. ALEKS comes with standard, built-in math content defaults, but teachers can customize the program to their own state standards.

ALEKS web-based assessment and learning products are developed by ALEKS Corp. of Orange County, Calif., and they are distributed by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education. McGraw-Hill Education has sold ALEKS to 182 colleges and universities, but now the company is expanding the product to K-12 education. According to McGraw-Hill, students in a California school district who used ALEKS increased their percentile ranking by more than 12 percent in the 1999-2000 school year. Students who didn’t use ALEKS only increased by 3.36 percent, the company said.

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