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  1. 1. Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Space<br />By: Sabrina McDow<br />
  2. 2. PROBLEM<br /> Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County School District, Georgia USA has failed to meet Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) mainly because of the math Criterion Referenced Competency Test.<br />
  3. 3. The next slide shows the scores for 2010, 2009, and 2008 in math for Sweetwater Middle School. The test scores are below the district and state averages.<br />PROBLEM<br />
  4. 4. Sweetwater Middle School Math CRCT Scores<br />
  5. 5. ALEKS is an online software program developed from research at New York University and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) by software engineers, mathematicians, and scientists with the support of a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.<br />Research<br />
  6. 6. Research<br />It is based upon original theoretical work in “Knowledge Space Theory”. <br />This work began in the 1980’s by Jean-Claude Falmagne. He is the founder and Chairman of ALEKS Corporation (Introduction to ALEKS).<br />
  7. 7. RESEARCH<br />There were several people and organizations that researched the affect of the ALEKS system on improving math test scores. <br />Researchers include the following:<br />Vincent LaVergne from Shawnee Mission South School District<br />Holly Stillson and Parthasarathi Nag from Black Hills State University<br />
  8. 8. Development<br />ALEKS History<br />
  9. 9. COMMERCIALIZATION<br />The ALEKS software has been granted by UCI to ALEKS Corporation under an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual license (UC Regents and ALEKS Corporation, 2011)<br />
  10. 10. COMMERCIALIZATION<br /><ul><li>Information about ALEKS is provided in several educational and business journals
  11. 11. ALEKS representatives visit many education professional organization’s conferences.</li></li></ul><li>Knowledge<br />Knowledge Space Theory is the foundation of the ALEKS system. <br />The theory is based on the “knowledge state” of the student.<br />What the student is ready to learn?<br />What the student can do?<br />
  12. 12. Knowledge<br />The following link will explain how to use ALEKS.<br />How to use ALEKS<br />
  13. 13. Persuasion<br />Follow the link to see a video on ALEKS<br />ALEKS<br />
  14. 14. Persuasion<br />Follow the link to find the <br />website for ALEKS<br />
  15. 15. Decision/implementation/confirmation<br />ALEKS is currently being used by hundreds of thousands of students each year in over 50 courses (ALEKS, 2011). Thousands of k-12 schools and higher education institutions around the world are currently using this software (ALEKS, 2011).<br />
  16. 16. The S-Curve (Estimation)<br />
  17. 17. Innovators and Early Adopters<br />The innovators and early adopters for this program would be the 8th grade math teachers and the special education math teachers. These teachers could use the ALEKS program with the current students to test its benefits and ease of use. <br />
  18. 18. The sixth grade math teachers would be the next group of teachers to utilize the system for effectiveness. <br />Laggards<br />The laggards would be the seventh grade math teachers because they currently have the highest math scores and will not see the need in trying a new innovation to raise math test scores.<br />
  19. 19. Laggards cont.<br />The best strategy to move the seventh grade teachers towards adopting ALEKS, would be to prove its effectiveness with sixth and eighth grade math.<br />
  20. 20. Meeting critical mass<br />Triability<br />Triability<br />
  21. 21. Meeting critical mass<br />Observability<br />Triability<br />
  22. 22. Meeting critical mass<br />Observability<br />
  23. 23. Decentralized Diffusion System<br />The ALEKS system should be piloted at Sweetwater Middle School.<br />
  24. 24. Change Agent<br />The Change Agent will be the eighth grade math department chair and an effective eighth grade math teacher.<br />
  25. 25. Critical Mass<br />Critical mass can occur with our success rates. We have the power to make a change<br />
  26. 26. Sweetwater Middle School has not met AYP because of the math CRCT scores. As a school, it is our duty to provide the best possible education for our students. <br />ALEKSis the solution.<br />ALEKS is a technological innovation that offers an opportunity for Sweetwater Middle School to assess the needs of the students’ math skills, individually. <br />CONCLUSION<br />ALEKS builds on “what the students already knows”. <br />It will produce the results we are looking for in our scores.<br />
  27. 27. References<br />ALEKS Corporation. (2011). Research behind aleks. ALEKS. Retrieved from<br />ALEKS Corporation. ALEKS for higher education. Retrieved from<br /> (2011). Sweetwater Middle School. Retrieved from<br />Falmagne, J., Doignon, J., Cosyn, E., Thiery, N. (2011). The assessment of knowledge, in theory and in practice. Retrieved from<br />
  28. 28. Introduction to ALEKS: A beginner’s guide. Retrieved from<br />LaVergne, V. (2007). The effect of the ALEKS web-based learning system on standardized math scores. Shawnee Mission Board of Education. Retrieved from<br />Stillson, H., Nag, P. (2009). Aleks and mathxl: using online interactive systems to enhance a remedial algebra course. Mathematics and Computer Education: 43(3); Docstoc pg. 239. Retrieved from<br />References<br />