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The Most Important Questions to Ask
When Choosing an Online Math Program
September 12, 2011
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Are you looking for an online math program to use with your homeschooled children for the new school year and beyond? Do you have questions about how to choose the best program to meet your curriculum needs or which components a successful program should include? Have you found a program but aren't sure if the curriculum is challenging enough or if it fits your child's learning needs? There are so many questions to ask when choosing an online math program for your homeschool curriculum!

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an online program that provides homeschooling families with a complete curriculum solution for math. It uses artificial intelligence to determine what a student knows and is most ready to learn within a course. With courses ranging from elementary school math to PreCalculus, ALEKS helps take the stress out of math instruction and provides students with their own personalized learning path.

As you look for innovative programs to help your child succeed in math, here are some key questions to ask that will help you choose the best online math curriculum for the new school year --

  • Does the program support the type of math curriculum you are looking for?
    ALEKS can be used as a core curriculum or supplement for a variety of instructional needs, such as gifted, remediation, college readiness, and more. Because ALEKS provides students with their own personalized learning path, students can choose which topics to work on and progress at their own pace through course material.

    MyPie: The ALEKS Pie summarizes a student's current knowledge and offers topics the student is most ready to learn.
  • Does the program offer a range of math courses?
    ALEKS offers math courses for grades 3-12, as well courses in higher education, so you won't need to constantly look for new programs to fit your child's developing needs. A full list of available ALEKS course products can be found here.
  • Does the program allow parents to monitor their child's learning?
    ALEKS provides parents with a robust Master Account that allows them to monitor their child's progress using dynamic, automated reports. Parents can also direct their child's learning by creating and assigning quizzes that are automatically graded by ALEKS; results are immediately available to both parents and students.

    Master Account: Easily manage all student accounts, assign quizzes, and monitor student progress through automated reports.
  • When taking higher level math courses, is college credit available?
    Students can receive college credit for completing select ALEKS American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended courses.
  • What do other homeschoolers have to say about the program?
    ALEKS has been used successfully by homeschoolers, as well as by millions of students at schools and educational institutions throughout the world. Here is just a sample of the feedback received from homeschoolers using ALEKS:

    "As a mom, I like that ALEKS is easy to use and keeps records for the school year. For my children, they like the simplicity of the program and being able to choose new topics to learn while not having to deal with repetitive book lessons. I have seen a steady improvement in all three of my children while using ALEKS. One child added 67 topics in 17 hours of study, while another added 25 topics in 11 hours of study." -- Julie C., Homeschooler, WA

    "ALEKS gives parents the ability to see their child's current progress at any time. My son loves the flexibility of working on a different topic if he's a little stuck on a particular skill. I also appreciate that it's not a multiple-choice type of program. He has to think about it and provide an answer he came up with." -- Dianne G., Homeschooler, CO

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  • Is the program affordable for your family?
    ALEKS can be purchased for $19.95 per month, $99.95 for 6 months, or $179.95 for 12 months. Homeschoolers can also use the family discount program to enroll multiple children and save money on their ALEKS subscription costs. Additionally, an ALEKS subscription provides students with access to the full course library; at any time, parents may move their child to a new course using the Master Account without any additional cost.
  • Does the program offer a free trial for you to try with your child?
    A free trial is the best way to evaluate if a program fits your child's learning needs. To see how ALEKS can help your child achieve math success, you can sign up for a 2-month FREE trial (a $39.90 value for new users only) that is exclusive to homeschooling families.

ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Math Program:

  • Complete Curriculum Solution for Math with Access to Full Course Library
  • Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Individual Student Knowledge
  • Adaptive, Open-Response Environment Avoids Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Master Account -- Monitor and Direct Student Progress
  • Unlimited Online Access -- PC and Mac Compatible
  • QuickTables -- Complimentary Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Subtraction, and Addition

Additional ALEKS Resources:

Learn More About ALEKS (2-Minute Video)
Sign Up for a FREE 2-Month Trial
View Available ALEKS Courses
Read More ALEKS Homeschool Success Stories




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