The Monday, June 9, Zionsville Community Schools Board Meeting was filled with an almost three-hour discussion on the ALEKS math system used by Zionsville middle schools.
ALEKS -- Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces -- is web-based artificial intelligence used to assess math skills. During the meeting, ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison presented 14 recommendations made by the Purdue University School of Education after a survey of the program. These recommendations include ways to alleviate student frustration, improve communication, manage goals, and other tools to implement alongside ALEKS.
One of the first recommendations was the concept of fidelity and how ALEKS can be used as a supplement to education. Many of the recommendations touch on this concept. It is suggested that the ALEKS system can be used as tool in the curriculum along with board work or paper and pencil testing. ZCS board member Joe Stein said many of the problems he sees surround ALEKS taking away pencil and paper math problems.
"A shortcoming is that it is too easy for these kids to put in answers so they can get a piece of pie and move on to the next section," he said.
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